Iranian UAV fleet expands

Iranian UAV fleet expands

Iran introduced a new UAV local Shaparak ("Butterfly"). It weighs around 100 kg, 8 kg is useful to be able to load and in air for 3.5 hours. Flight distance Shaparak up to 50 km away from the operator and the flight altitude of about 4.5 km.

The Iranians are developing UAV since the 1980's. More applicable Iranian UAV units are Ababil. It's 82 kilogram UAV with a wingspan of 2.9 meters, with a payload of 35 kg, a cruising speed of 290 kilometers per hour and the duration of the flight in 90 minutes. As you know, the flight range Ababil is 249 km from the management station. The system allows you to control it UAV perform flight on the designated route in advance, and then without the help of other vorachivatsya to the ground control station and to land by parachute. Ababil can equip different day / night photo and video cameras. On the open market are an endless number of cheap and very capable cameras and equipment required to transmit video and photo disk imaging control station.

Iranian UAV fleet expands

Ababil was seen in the Sudan and Lebanon, where Iranian-backed Hezbollah has received about 10 ka of the UAV. Israelis fear that a low-flying Ababils can threaten Israel from the territory of Lebanon, carrying on board the nerve gas or even just explosives. Induced by signals of GPS, such UAVs can hit targets with high precision. In addition, there is nothing exotic in UAV technology, at least, in such a Ababil. Iranian UAV development is based on the American drone aircraft, purchased in 1970 (aerial targets Firebee).

Iranian UAV fleet expands

Iran also has a huge (174 kg) Mohajer IV UAV represents a latest model of the band origins in the 1980s. Mohajer II about the same size as the Ababil.

Iranian UAV fleet expands

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