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Sacramento firm reports supersonic flight of new unmanned aircraft

Feb. 15, 2008, Sacramento CA - Composite Engineering Inc (CEi) announced the  recent successful flight demonstration of their newest unmanned aerial target system.


February 15, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 15, 2008, Sacramento CA – Composite Engineering Inc (CEi) announced the
recent successful flight demonstration of their newest unmanned aerial
target system.  The new aircraft, called the BQM-167X accomplished
sustained supersonic flight at the US Navy Pt. Mugu Test Range on
January 31, 2008.  The flight was part of a demonstration contract
awarded to CEi by the US Navy in September of 2006 for an advanced
high performance aerial target system capable of very high subsonic low
altitude performance. 

Designed and manufactured by CEi at their Sacramento Ca. facility, the
aircraft is propelled by a Microturbo turbojet engine from their Grand
Prairie Texas facility and an avionics suite manufactured by
Microsystems, a Herley Industries company located in Ft Walton Beach
Florida.

Aerial targets are utilized by armed forces around the world for weapons
training and weapons testing purposes.  They provide threat
representative emulation of enemy aircraft and missile threats to armed
forces.  The company currently provides the high performance
BQM-167A aerial target system to the US Air Force for all subscale target
missions at Tyndall AFB Florida.

President, Mrs. Amy Fournier said about the flight:
"We are proud of the technical accomplishments of our team and
partners with this new platform.  It represents yet another step in our
evolution to provide an entire suite of high performance threat
representative target systems around the globe."

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With several demonstration flights already completed, the demonstration
contract is scheduled to complete by the end of the first quarter 2008. CEi
corporate headquarters is located in Roseville, CA., and the company
accomplishes manufacturing activities at their Sacramento production
facilities.