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Airbus DS Tanan 300 - France, 2015

Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus DS Tanan 300 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

 Entry last updated on 10/14/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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In keeping up with global competitors, Airbus Group is developing a Vertical Take-Off and Landing Unmanned Aircraft System in the Tanan 300.

Joining the ranks of unmanned Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) air systems of the world is the Airbus Defence & Space Tanan 300. Similar in its design shape to the Saab Skeldar (detailed elsewhere on this site), the Tanan 300 is intended for deployment from surface vessels in the maritime surveillance role. In addition to this, Airbus is developing this aircraft for at-sea Search and Rescue (SAR), general reconnaissance, target acquisition, general intelligence gathering and humanitarian operations support. Airbus is also offering the Tanan 300 with customer-specific sensor equipment ranging from night imaging and electronic intelligence to over-water radar functionality and High Definition Electro-Optical / InfraRed (HDEO/IR) equipment to suit various missile roles.

As designed, the Tanan 300 features a span of 5 meters with a running length of 4.3 meters and height to main rotor mast of 1.2 meters. Its configuration mimics that of a conventional manned helicopter system in that it exhibits a multi-bladed main rotor atop a fuselage housing the required avionics, fuel stores and engine systems. A shaft hidden in the tail stem drives a multi-bladed tail rotor which is seated along the starboard side. The undercarriage is of the skid variety which makes operation simpler in-the-field and less expensive to produce the UAV unit. Optics are carried in a ventral blister with good views of the surrounding area and horizon. The Tanan 300 features an operational range out to 180 kilometers and can carry a payload up to 50 kilograms over an eight our endurance window (MTOW of 300 kilograms). Maximum speeds reach 150 kilometers per hour with a service ceiling currently noted at 4,000 meters. Cruising speeds are expected around 100 kmh. Operations of the Tanan 300 are expected to take place around 3,000 meters and below.

As of June 2014, the Tanan 300 remains in development under the Cassidian brand label, Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military having joined to become Airbus Defence and Space ("Airbus DS").

This article will be updated as new information allows.

Airbus DS Tanan 300 Specifications

Service Year: 2015
Type: Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
National Origin: France
Manufacturer(s): Airbus Defence and Space / Cassidian - France
Total Production: 2

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 0
Overall Length: 14.11 feet (4.3 meters)
Overall Width: 16.40 feet (5.00 meters)
Overall Height: 3.94 feet (1.20 meters)

Weight (MTOW): 772 lb (350 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 1 x Engine of unknown make and model driving two-bladed main rotor and two-bladed tail rotor.

Maximum Speed: 81 knots (93 mph; 150 kph)
Maximum Range: 108 nautical miles (124 miles; 200 km)
Service Ceiling: 13,123 feet (4,000 meters; 2.49 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload

None. Mission-specific payloads carried through a "mix-and-match" capability. Payloads centering around sensors and radar only.

Global Operators (Customers, Users)


Model Variants

Tanan 300 - Base Series Designation
Tanan 300 Block 1 - Initial variant based on CybAero APID 60 system.
Tanan 300 Block 2 - Improved, dimensionally larger variant.

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