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Airbus DS Tanan 300

France (2019)
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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.


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 5/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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.

Any available statistics for the Airbus DS Tanan 300 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (93mph).

    Graph average of 75 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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Origin: France
Year: 2019
Type: Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
Manufacturer(s): Airbus Defence and Space / Cassidian - France
Production: 2
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
None.
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Airbus DS Tanan 300 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
0


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
14.11 ft


Meters
4.3 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
16.40 ft


Meters
5 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
3.94 ft


Meters
1.2 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
772 lb


Kilograms
350 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Engine of unknown make and model driving two-bladed main rotor and two-bladed tail rotor.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
93 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
150 kph


Knots
81 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
124 mi


Kilometers
200 km


Nautical Miles
108 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
13,123 ft


Meters
4,000 m


Miles
2.49 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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