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IAIO Fotros (Fallen Angel)

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

IAIO Fotros (Fallen Angel)

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

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OVERVIEW



In November of 2013, the IAIO Fotros UCAV was unveiled to the public by Iranian officials.
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ORIGIN: Iran
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) - Iran
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: Iran
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the IAIO Fotros (Fallen Angel) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 27.07 feet (8.25 meters)
WIDTH: 160.76 feet (49 meters)
HEIGHT: 22.97 feet (7 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,146 pounds (520 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 2,260 pounds (1,025 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Conventional engine driving two-blade propeller in pusher configuration.
SPEED (MAX): 134 miles-per-hour (215 kilometers-per-hour; 116 knots)
RANGE: 2,485 miles (4,000 kilometers; 2,160 nautical miles)
CEILING: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters; 4.73 miles)




ARMAMENT



OPTIONAL:
2 x Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs) or similar held underwings.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Fotros - Base Series Name


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the IAIO Fotros (Fallen Angel) Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).  Entry last updated on 2/20/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Iran has consistently worked to broaden its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) inventory in the last decade and these have produced some forgettable and some promising results. The nation has been assisted some by the downing and capturing of Western drones marauding into its airspace to which the Iranians have re-engineered several useful copies of these products for their own use. The IAIO "Fotros" ("Fallen Angel") represents a major improvement over preceding types and is categorized as an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) signifying it has an air-launch missile weapons capability beyond that of the usual Intelligence-Reconnaissance-Surveillance (ISR) roles over the battlefield. First flight of the system is said to have taken place during November of 2013 and it was introduced to the public that same month by way of ceremony.

Outwardly, the Fotros certainly takes on the design form of several Western-originated drones (including the nose which appears to mimic that of the General Atomics Predator). It features a straight wing mainplane arrangement, twin-boom tail unit, and rear-mounted conventional engine installation. The engine drives a two-bladed propeller in a "pusher" arrangement. The nose of the aircraft is bulbous and most likely houses the avionics set while optics and other mission equipment are held at the belly. The undercarriage is wheeled and retractable - the Fotros can take off and land from prepared runways only. Its wings support at least one hardpoint each for the carrying of Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs) or other precision attack weapon.

Fotros is manufactured by Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO). The vehicle is said to exhibit an operational endurance of some 30 hours with a range out to 2,000 kilometers. A service ceiling of 25,000 feet is reported. Of course due to Iranian secrecy, these values can be considered suspect until formally proven.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (134mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 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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