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FSAT Upgrade: F-16 Becomes Drone

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Tyndall Air Force Base, FL—Boeing’s QF-16 Team last month put together an unmanned F-16 Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) to replace the QF-4 Phantom drone training jets. The upgrade allows training with an unmanned fourth generation aircraft comparable to what most other states use. The pilots are on the ground out of harm’s way and exercises can use live ammunition along with the fielding of fifth generation planes in use, like the F-22 Raptor or the F-35 Lightning.