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Northrop BQM-74C

Northrop developed the BQM-74C to simulate subsonic aircraft, including cruise missiles, for the US Navy in the late 1970s. Prior to the beginning of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the US Air Force acquired 44 BQM-74Cs and reconfigured them from aerial targets into decoys. The BQM-74C's ability to fool Iraqi air defenses significantly reduced US and coalition aircraft losses.

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