MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A military drone washed up on the beach at Ocean Ridge Hammock Park in Boynton Beach on Friday.
WFOR-TV’s Chopper 4 was over the scene as Boynton Beach police and fire personnel dragged it out of the water with an ATV. U.S Air Force 53rd Wing public affairs spokeswoman Lt. Savannah Bray says the BQM-167A was one of theirs. The 53rd Wing is based at Eglin Air Force Base.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Mayor Says County To Follow CDC On New Mask Guidelines For Fully-Vaccinated Individuals
Bray says the remotely-controlled subscale drone was part of a weapons system evaluation program. During the evaluation, fighter jets from the Department of Defense shoot missiles at the drone as part of training exercises. The drone simulates another fighter jet.READ MORE: Former Opa-Locka City Employee Charged With Allegedly Pocketing Licensing Fees
The BQM-167A is capable of speeds from 230 to 600 knots true airspeed at sea level with a maximum speed of 0.92 Mach.MORE NEWS: Gov. Ron DeSantis Announces He'll Pardon Plantation Gym Owner
Bray adds that the drones have a parachute recovery system and they are usually recovered from the ocean or land. However, sometimes due to weather, they are not able to recover them from the water and they may wash ashore.