Operator: Turkey
Status: In Service/On Order
Number: 4/10
Acquired: 2016
General Specs
Country of origin: Turkey
Role: Medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unarmed reconnaissance
Manufacturer: Turkish Aerospace Industries
Introduced: 2010
Launch and recovery: Conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)
Power plant: Thielert Centurion 2.0 engine (155 hp)
Wingspan: 56.76 ft (17.3 m)
Length: 26.25 ft (8 m)
Maximum takeoff weight: 3306.93 lbs (1500 kg)
Fuel Capacity:
Speed: 86.3 mph (138.9 km/h)
Ceiling: 30,000 ft (9144 m)
Endurance: 24 hours
Range: 124.27 miles (200 km)
Armament: None
Radar/Sensors: Electro-optical imagery
Infrared imagery
Fixed or moving target tracking capability
Day, night, and all weather ISR capability for SAR/ISAR/GMTI missions
Misc Systems: SATCOM, SIGINT & communications relay
Laser designation
Laser range finder
Remote Video Terminal option
On-board data recording



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