Operator: Iran
Status: In Service
Number: 30 *estimate
Acquired: 2010
General Specs
Country of origin: Iran
Role: Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)
Introduced: 2010
Take-Off: Rocket assisted take off (RATO)
Landing: Air bag and parachute
Power plant: Single Toloue-4 or 5 turbojet engine
Thrust: 3.7-4.4 kn
Length: 13 ft (4 m)
Maximum takeoff weight:
Fuel Capacity:
Speed: 560 mph (821.3 kph)
Range: 620 miles (998 km)
Armament: 2 x 250 lb (113.4 kg) Mk 81 bombs
1 x 450 lb (204.1 kg) Mk 82 bomb
1 x C-701 (Kowsar) anti-ship missile
Misc Systems:
Note: Shares similarities to US built target drones.



Iranian Army Expands Drone Fleet

The Commander of the Air Force’s drone squadron reported on Sunday their intentions to increase the amount of home-made drones in the next five years and to start planning missions for long-range drones. “We are also after increasing the flight duration of drones and their armaments and electronic war systems for possible asymmetric wars,” he said. According to senior Iranian officials, the Air Force has made […]

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