Revenge of the Drones: target drone hits side of a Navy’s guided missile cruiser

Nov 21 2013 - 6 Comments

On Nov. 16, a Northrop Grumman BQM-74 target drone hit guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) punching a three to four foot hone in the side of the warship.

The mishap occurred at 01.25 local time during a “tracking exercise during an air tracking event,” resulting in “minor injuries to two sailors,” according to Navy officials.

The target drone hit the side of the warship, near the ship’s Command Information Center (CIC), where the control room for the Aegis radar system is located; the ship was conducting Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) to assess the onboard Aegis combat system.

During the test, the operator of the BQM-74 that simulated an enemy aircraft or missile, lost control of the drone that eventually punctured the ship without any of the onboard self-defense systems could be activated to shoot it down.

Image credit: NBC 7 San Diego/USNI

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  • Vlad Lenin

    Malfunction, really? They have become self aware and are fighting back… about time.

  • Tomcat

    Anyone know what the EEEH markings on the upper portion of the deckhouse mean? Are those kill markings (as in cruise missile launches)?

    • Nicholas Martin

      “E” is the Navy’s Battle Efficiency award. A ship will receive it after successfully passing a year-long readiness evaluation. Hash marks below the “E” indicate consecutive awards. Incidentally, the red “E” indicates an Engineering/Survivability award.
      “H” is a medical health and wellness award.
      Basically, all of CG-62’s awards indicate it’s a bad ass ship and crew that’s ready to rumble… unless you’re fighting a friendly drone of course…

      • Reynolds Slumber

        Gold stars! Heh

  • Frederick Murre

    That was one target missile that … really hit the target.

    Someone should’ve told that drone it was only supposed to be simulating an antishipping missile. Not to actually be one.

  • CruisingTroll

    hmmmm, I wonder how reactive armor would handle anti-ship missiles? Can it respond quickly enough to mitigate damage, especially penetration?