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Tadiran Mastiff

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Tadiran Mastiff

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



Combat experience in the 1970s drove the Israeli Defense Force to develop such measures as the Tadiran Mastiff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
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ORIGIN: Israel
YEAR: 1981
STATUS: Active, Limited Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Tadiran Electronic Industries - Israel
PRODUCTION: 50
OPERATORS: Israel
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Tadiran Mastiff model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 10.83 feet (3.3 meters)
WIDTH: 13.94 feet (4.25 meters)
HEIGHT: 2.92 feet (0.89 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 159 pounds (72 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 304 pounds (138 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Engine arranged in pusher configuration.
SPEED (MAX): 115 miles-per-hour (185 kilometers-per-hour; 100 knots)
CEILING: 14,698 feet (4,480 meters; 2.78 miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Payload consisting of optics and sensors for aerial surveillance, observation and reconnaissance.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Mastiff - Base Series Designation
• Mastiff Generation I
• Mastiff Generation II
• Mastiff Generation III


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Tadiran Mastiff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 2/8/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Tadiran Electronic Systems of Israel produced the Tadiran Mastiff large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in the 1980s to an Israeli Defense Force requirement for an airborne observation platform. The need developed from Israeli experiences in the 1973 Yom Kippur War against belligerent neighboring forces led by Egypt and Syria. The Mastiff allowed ground forces the ability to reconnoiter areas close to the fighting without exposing helicopter pilots and low-flying aircraft to the dangers of the battlefront directly. The Mastiff shared a similar, though decidedly more utilitarian, appearance to the unrelated streamlined Israeli Aircraft Industries Scout UAV. In fact, the Mastiff and Scout were competitors for new Israeli UAV requirements born of the 1970s - both designs eventually being accepted in number in the 1980s. The Mastiff and Scout were then replaced by the IAI Searcher UAV in the early 1990s.

Design-wise, the Mastiff was given a rectangular fuselage nacelle with a well-sloped nose housing the required optics payload, fuel stores and engine. The engine was fitted to the rear of the nacelle and arranged in a "pusher" configuration. A straight wing assembly was added across the top of the nacelle. Twin booms emanated from the lower rear sides of the nacelle, each managing a vertical tail fin connected by a high-mounted horizontal plane. The undercarriage was fixed and of a tricycle arrangement featuring two main single-wheeled legs and a single-wheeled nose leg. Dimensions included a running length of 10 feet, 10 inches, a wingspan of 13 feet, 11 inches and an overall height of 2 feet, 11 inches. When empty, the vehicle weighed 170lbs and, with mission equipment installed, this totaled 300lbs. Performance from the single engine installation netted a top speed of 115 miles per hour. Endurance time equaled 7.5 hours. The UAV could operate at ceilings up to 14,700 feet.




As the Mastiff was intended for aerial observation of the territory below, its payload was restricted to optics in the form of cameras and sensors weighing up to 80lbs. Real-time communications were relayed to a ground control unit (GCU) staffed by specially-trained personnel. Since their inception, the Mastiff was evolved through three consistently-modernized variants and utilized with success in the 1982-1983 Israeli-Lebanon War.




MEDIA







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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (115mph).

    Graph average of 90 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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