Friday, July 24, 2015

MDC/Russian MA-31 Supersonic Target

MA-31-1aMA-31-2a                  F-4_launching_MA-31 Another little known project by McDonnell Douglas.

In 1995, the U.S. Navy awarded McDonnell Douglas Astronautics(MDA) a contract to convert a Russian X-31 missile for the Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target (SSST) program as a proof of concept.

In 1999, Boeing received a 18.8 million contract to convert 34 MA-31 target vehicles.

The first MDA article came from an MDC June 5, 1995 Team Talk paper and the second from a January 21,2000 BoeingNews paper. I have added some photos also.

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