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‘Shahed 129’ IRANS newly unveiled ATTACK DRONE

The Islamic Republic of Iran has launched the mass-production of the indigenously developed Shahed 129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which was unveiled in September 2012, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced. The drone was displayed recently in an armed configuration, carrying four guided missiles (Sadid) loaded on two twin-launchers, carried underwing. Iranian sources stated the drone can carry up to eight ‘weapons’, designed to hit stationary and mobile targets alike. The specifications referred to by Iranian sources mention an effective operational radius of 1,700 km, datalink range (LOS?) of 200 km, flight endurance of 24 hours, and a flight ceiling of 24,000 feet. It has a monitoring capability of 200 km radius.

External stores are carried on underwing pylons, with sensor payloads installed under the nose in the front and at a payload bay at the drones’ center of gravity (CG), presumably for heavier payloads. The drones shown publicly did not have visible directional antennae or Satellite communicants terminals, hinting of other (less sophisticated and secure, probably commercial off the shelve satellite links for extended range comms).

Shahed 129 follows the Israeli Hermes 450 design, but given the performance quoted by the Iranians, is a more powerful platform with significant more payload capacity, compared to the Israeli drone. It’s 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.

In addition to the development of Shahed 129 Iran is accelerating its effort to verse engineer the U s secret RQ-170 Sentinel it captured in 2011, IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami confirmed. “All the memories and computer systems of this plane have been decoded and some good news will be announced in the near future not just about the RQ-170 and the optimizations that our forces have done on the reversed engineered model of this drone, but also in area of other important defense achievements,” General Salami said.

The unmanned surveillance plane lost by the United States in Iran was a stealth aircraft being used for secret missions by the CIA, US officials admitted almost a week after Iran captured the plane. The aircraft was among the highly sensitive surveillance platform in the CIA’s fleet that was shaped and designed to evade enemy defenses.

8 Comments on "‘Shahed 129’ IRANS newly unveiled ATTACK DRONE"

  1. John_A on Mon, 23rd Dec 2013 5:38 pm 

    Unfortunately for the Iranians, if there is one things American firepower has been designed to do all day long and twice on Sundays, it is to shoot down aircraft. All sizes and shapes, manned or unmanned. Were doing it before the Shah was overthrown, these things might make the Iranian’s neighbors nervous, but they will make for nice target practice by Aegis missile cruisers, and won’t even get anyone hurt in the process to cause international incidents.

  2. rockman on Mon, 23rd Dec 2013 7:50 pm 

    Exactly. Drones are a great weapons system for attacking an adversary that can’t retaliate. Ask AQ. Use them against someone with a lot of cruise missiles at their disposal and your fate looks a tad dicey. Other than the KSA I can’t imagine who they might be trying to intimidate. Perhaps it’s just some hype for local consumption.

  3. DC on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 12:10 am 

    Well, lets hope they can produce enough of them to send all those costly Aegis cruisers, and a few of those so-called ‘super-carriers’ the amerikans are so proud of , to the bottom of the Arabian Sea. Simple fact is, no matter how good the over-hyped amerikan ‘missle defence’ sytems are, all of them can be easily overwhelmed with swarm attacks by low cost missiles. A lesson the British learned to their dismay. If the Argentians had a large stock-pile of exocets on hand, instead of the tiny handful they did have, that entire British task would have joined the Sheffield on the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.

    So when, (not if), the rogue US regime decides to actually attack the Republic of Iran, They will likely be better prepared missile-wise than Argentina was.

  4. mo on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 3:04 am 

    Boy Dc your really anti American. I’m American and I don’t like a lot of things that we do in the world, but when I hear someone like you that wishes a lot of basicly innocent kids that are just thinking thier doing their duty and you want to condemn them to the bottom of the sea,I think that’s pretty fucked up. Every one wishing everyone else were dead because they don’t agree with them makes the world a rotten place. Just killing Americans dosnt solve anything. Who’s next?

  5. Makati1 on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 5:47 am 

    Sorry, mo, but there are no ‘innocent kids’ on those ships. There is no draft. They ALL signed on for the money and prestige, hoping that they would never have to pay the ultimate price for that uniform.

    One problem with America (among countless others) is that they have not suffered the horror or destruction of war on the continental 48 States for over 150 years. If their hometown had been shelled in WW2 and many starve, they would not be so quick to back the corporate plundering called war today.

    I would sink every ship in ALL of the navies of the world today if I could. I am a 14th generation American but, I am no longer proud of that fact.

  6. mo on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 7:01 am 

    You know killing a bunch of people just to make a point makes you just as bad as the people you rail against

  7. Makati1 on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 10:12 am 

    No, it does not. If it would make war impossible, I would disappear everything connected to war and weapons no matter if 10 million went with the buildings, silos, planes and ships because they were inside them at the time. It would be far less lives lost than the next world war is going to take. Many times less.

    Can you imagine a new world where only knives, clubs, bows & arrows, and the like were the weapons available? Where you had to face the man you kill, not drone him from an air-conditioned office 8,000 miles away like in a video game. I can. ^_^

  8. simonr on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 11:59 am 

    Makati1 … We Tried that, in the 1st world war (Mass Slaughter), it doesnt work.

    Also, by your logic, all the civilians in Iran are legitimate targets, as they voted for a regime that could start a war, happy to enjoy the prestige, but unwilling to make the sacrifice.

    Kill em all … and their little dogs to

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