Gloster Meteor U Mk.16

The Gloster Meteor U Mk.16 was an unmanned target drone based on the F Mk.8. This was the second drone to be based on the Meteor, after the U Mk.15, which had been based on the F Mk.4. The first prototype U Mk.16 flew on 22 October 1956, while work on the U.15 ended quickly, the last U.16 conversion was made as late as 1972.

Gloster Meteor U Mk.16
Gloster Meteor U Mk.16

The U.16 carried their remote control equipment in a 30in nose extension. As with the U.15, they could be piloted, entirely remote controlled, or carry a non-piloting observer. As the number of U.16s dwindled work began on a system that allowed the test missile to miss by a pre-determined distance, allowing the drone to track the progress of the missile, and then return to the ground. Because of this a number of U Mk.15s survived to be redesigned D Mk.15 during 1980s (U for unmanned, D for drone). A number of F Mk.8s were converted to a similar standard for service in Australia as the U.21.


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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (12 February 2008), Gloster Meteor U Mk.16 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_gloster_meteor_16.html

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