Ababil-3

Operator: Iran Sudan Syria
Status: In Service In Service In Service
Number: 24* 1* 6*
Cost: Unknown Unknown Unknown
Acquired: 2008 2008  2011-2012
General Specs
Country of origin: Iran
Role: Unarmed reconnaissance
Manufacturer: Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company
Introduced: 2008
Take-Off: Conventional Take-off (CTOL)
Landing: Conventional Landing (CTOL)
Power plant: Small propeller driven piston engine (potentially smuggled from Germany and Ireland)
Thrust: Unknown
Wingspan: 16.4 ft (5 m)*
Length: 11.5 ft (3.5 m)*
Height: 3.3 ft (1 m)*
Weight: Unknown
Maximum takeoff weight: Unknown
Fuel Capacity: Unknown
Speed: 124.3 mph (200 km/h)
Ceiling: 16,404.2 ft (5,000 m)
Endurance: 4 hours
Range: 62.1 miles (100 km)
Operators: 2 to 3
Armament: None
Radar/Sensors: Night-vision capable Electro-optics
Countermeasures/ Defenses: None
Note: At least two downed in Sudan and two in Syria. US forces in Iraq may have downed another in 2009.
May also been known as the Zagil
*estimates

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