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A GQM-163A Coyote flies over the bow of a U.S. Navy observation ship during a routine test

GQM-163 (Coyote Sea Skimming target) is a supersonic seaskimming target built by Orbital Sciences and used by the United States Navy as a successor to the MQM-8 Vandal. Orbital's proposal was chosen over the MA-31, a joint venture between Boeing and Zvezda-Strela. Orbital was awarded their contract for the development of the Coyote SSST in June 2000.

The Coyote is initially boosted by a Hercules MK-70 booster, of similar design to those used by the now obsolete RIM-67 Standard ER missiles. After the booster stage is expended the missile switches to an Aerojet MARC-R-282 solid-fueled ducted rocket/ramjet engine for sustaining its flight.[1]


Length = 5.60 m (18 ft 4.3 in) (without booster), 9.53 m (31 ft 3.3 in) (incl. booster)
Diameter = 35 cm (13.8 in), booster: 46 cm (18 in)
Weight =  ?
Speed = mach 2.8
Range = 110 km (60 nm)
Booster = Hercules MK 70 solid-fueled rocket
Sustainer = Aerojet MARC-R-282 solid-fueled ducted rocket/ramjet


  1. ^ Directory of US Military Rockets and Missiles


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