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EADS Talarion

Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV

EADS Talarion

Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The Talarion UAV was unveiled by EADS at the 2009 Paris Airshow as a European alternative to the American Global Hawk system.
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ORIGIN: France
YEAR: 2018
MANUFACTURER(S): EADS - France / Netherlands; TAI - Turkey
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: France
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the EADS Talarion model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 32.81 feet (10 meters)
WIDTH: 91.86 feet (28 meters)
HEIGHT: 11.32 feet (3.45 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 7,055 pounds (3,200 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 22,046 pounds (10,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Turbojet engines (assumed).
SPEED (MAX): 391 miles-per-hour (630 kilometers-per-hour; 340 knots)
RANGE: 9,942 miles (16,000 kilometers; 8,639 nautical miles)
CEILING: 49,213 feet (15,000 meters; 9.32 miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Mainly reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence-gathering suites.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Talarion - Base Project Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the EADS Talarion Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV.  Entry last updated on 5/31/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
With the growing need for more capable surveillance-minded Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flying about in uncontested airspace, EADS of France/Netherlands has put forth preliminary work on the Talarion, a Medium-Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) UAV intended to compete in the same category as the jet-powered Northrop Grumman RQ-4 "Global Hawk" and similar types. A mock-up was unveiled at the 2009 Paris Airshow though the product has since found few takers and supporters - save for Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) which has already successfully sold its TAI "Anka" MALE UAV to the Turkish Army, actively evaluating the aircraft as of this writing (December 2013). A first flight for the Talarion is tentatively scheduled for sometime in 2015 with official introduction in 2018 planned. At one point, the program was also supported by Italian concern Alenia but this came to naught. The Talarion receives its name from the mythical winged sandals worn by the Greek God Hermes.

Per the presented 2009 Paris Air Show mockup, the Talarion is given a shape not unlike the competing Global Hawk. The fuselage utilizes a well-streamlined shape with a bulbous nose assembly housing avionics. Payloads are held in a belly bay. Wings are straight appendages and mid-mounted along the sides of the fuselage. The powerplant is embedded at the rear of the fuselage and aspirated through a top-mounted intake ahead, and at the base of, the single vertical tail fin. There are a pair of low-mounted horizontal tailplanes at the rear. The Talarion would be powered by a turbofan engine of unknown make and model, though an installation providing the needed thrust at the operating altitudes required. Reports indicate that the Talarion might, indeed, showcase two engines instead of one as in the Global Hawk (a Rolls-Royce branded turbofan engine). Its wingspan is a reported 92 feet.

The Talarion would remain unarmed (as with the Global Hawk) and serve in the intelligence-gathering role - a vital service in any war.

As it stands, the program has not evolved as expected, largely due to a lack of interest even amongst European powers. The Talarion may still compete in several upcoming UAV programs but its future remains in doubt - particularly with the glut of UAVs arriving to market in the coming years.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (391mph).

    Graph average of 300 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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