Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:45
As reported by the Iranian state TV, the drone can fly as far as 2,000km to carry out any type of combat missions outside the national borders. The specifications referred to by the report mentions an effective operational radius of 1,700 km, datalink range of 200km, flight endurance of 24 hours, and a flight ceiling of 24,000 feet.
The IRGC launched the mass-production of the indigenously developed drone in September 2012. The drone was displayed recently in an armed configuration, carrying four guided missiles loaded on two twin-launchers, carried underwing. The State TV said the drone can carry up to eight weapons, designed to hit stationary and mobile targets alike.
Shahed 129 is a powerful platform with significant more payload capacity, compared to other similar drones. Its external shape reflects significant advancement in composite materials fabrication, including the production of large airframe and structural elements. Strike missions employing guided weapons also indicate the evolution of compact yet capable sensors and datalinks, enabling the relay of target images and engagement of such targets in real time, over considerable distances.
According to IRGC Commander General Aziz Jafari, Iran is currently marketing the Shahed-129 UCAV for export to potential international customers.
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The Shahed 129 (Persian: شاهد ۱۲۹, English: “Eye-Witness”) is an Iranian Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) first publicly unveiled in September 2012. The aircraft is claimed to be capable of carrying out combat and reconnaissance missions with an endurance of 24 hours, making it the first Iranian MALE UAV.
As land based communications limit the range that the aircraft can go without losing the link to the control station, Shahed 129 uses an autopilot system similar to Karrar to follow some predefined way-points and conduct its mission, beyond control station’s communication range. Iranian military officials have said that Shahed 129 UAV can increase Iran’s surveillance capabilities in border areas, the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. Shahed 129 is said to be able to carry Sadid-1 missiles, making it Iran’s second weapons capable UAV after Karrar. This suggests that Sadid-1 is not solely a light anti-ship missile but supports more general purpose air to surface strike roles. Based on the footage, a rough estimate of the size of the drone would be: Wing span: 16 m and Length: ~8 m. (wikiwand.com)
Sadid missiles @gizmodo.com
The smallest member of the family is Sadid-L with a five-kilogram warhead and a range of four kilometers. The largest is Sadid Model-636, a guided bomb with a 20-kilogram high-explosive warhead. (warisboring.com)