Military Factory logo
Icon of F-15 Eagle military combat fighter aircraft
Icon of AK-47 assault rifle
Icon of Abrams Main Battle Tank
Icon of navy warships
Icon of a dollar sign
Icon of military officer saluting

UAV Factory Penguin C

Long-Endurance, Long-Range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

UAV Factory Penguin C

Long-Endurance, Long-Range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)


The UAV Factory Penguin C long-range Unmanned Aircraft System is built upon the successful framework of the earlier Penguin B model.
National Flag Graphic
ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2012
STATUS: Active, In-Service
OPERATORS: United States

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the UAV Factory Penguin C model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 7.55 feet (2.3 meters)
WIDTH: 10.83 feet (3.3 meters)
HEIGHT: 7.38 feet (2.25 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 49 pounds (22 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x EFI 28cc. engine driving a two-bladed propeller in pusher configuration.
SPEED (MAX): 50 miles-per-hour (80 kilometers-per-hour; 43 knots)
RANGE: 62 miles (100 kilometers; 54 nautical miles)
CEILING: 14,764 feet (4,500 meters; 2.80 miles)

None. Optics and sensor payloads supported (IR sensor, laser rangefinder, laser illuminator).

Series Model Variants
• Penguin C - Base Series Designation


Detailing the development and operational history of the UAV Factory Penguin C Long-Endurance, Long-Range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).  Entry last updated on 8/23/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) - or Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) - has a found a home in various markets across the globe today: military, security, law enforcement, research, humanitarian, etc... UAV Factory produces a line of capable UAS platforms known as "Penguin" which include the earlier Penguin B and the current-generation Penguin C. The latter has been designed with long-range/long-endurance in mind and can cover up to 20 hours flight time out to a range of 100 kilometers. It is considered a "small" UAV by FAA regulations (due to its 55lb weight class) and intended for professional use only. The C-model has already recorded some 4,000 hours in the air under various environmental conditions.

The Penguin C is built upon the established (and proven) record-setting framework of the earlier Penguin B model series which has gone on to see widespread global service with dozens of operators. The B-model managed a 54.5 hour world record flight back in 2012.

The Penguin C is a complete system comprised of three Penguin C air vehicles, a Ground Control Station (GCS), and a catapult launcher. All are all relatively easily portable in the back of a transport van or truck for the complete kit and all of its associated components weigh a combined 585lb.

The air vehicle component relies on the low-cost catapult launching (fully-autonomous) and is managed by a crew of two through a GCS. Recovery of the air vehicle is by way of parachute. As such, the Penguin C does not require any length of prepared runway to function which keeps operating costs and requirements low. For recovery, the aircraft carries a built-in estimation algorithm which signals the release of the parachute based on the intended landing point for pin-point accuracy. Setup time for launching one of the vehicles is just under an hour.

The air vehicle itself is of a sleek, aerodynamically-refined design with high-mounted, straight wing mainplanes fitted. The tail unit has inward-canted vertical planes supported by slim tail booms emanating from the wing mainplane trailing edges. The engine fit sits at the rear of the fuselage with the optics set held in a trainable blister in the belly/chin position.

Power to the UAV is from an in-house UAV28-EFI Turnkey Fuel-Injected Engine (FIE) that has been designed as a completely replaceable module - allowing the unit to be completely (and quickly) removed to undergo maintenance or repair while a replacement engine is dropped in its place - this allows the UAV to remain online with as little downtime as possible. The powerplant is used to drive a two-bladed propelled in "pusher" configuration at the rear of the fuselage. The engine features a 100w onboard generator unit, cold weather starting capabilities, and low-noise features (a silent muffler being fitted).

The aircraft is capable of carrying various gyro-stabilized optics sets to fulfill a broad range of mission types in any weather circumstance and in daytime or low-light hours. The payload section also extends support for 3rd Party products. Data transmissions are encrypted for security-in-communications and the aircraft can reach up to 10,000 feet of altitude, making the UAS silent to any unsuspecting targets on the ground. This inherent and powerful flexibility makes the Penguin C capable of undertaking roles related to search, tracking, observation, general surveillance, observation, and aerial inspection.

The Penguin C is currently (2018) and actively marketed by UAV Factory as a cost-effective, do-everthing UAS solution.


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.

Image of collection of graph types

Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 50mph
Lo: 25mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (50mph).

    Graph average of 37.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
Graph showcases the UAV Factory Penguin C's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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

Altitude Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Supported Roles
Ground Attack
Aerial Tanker
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
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 pioneering aircraft
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 representing modern aircraft
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 War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.

Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Site Map Site content ©2003-, All Rights Reserved.

The "Military Factory" name and logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world.

Facebook Logo