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Sukhoi Zond (Series)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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HISTORY
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Overview



The Sukhoi Zond series of UAVs will cover a spectrum of useful communications relay and environmental monitoring roles for Russia.
History



Detailing the development and operational history of the Sukhoi Zond (Series) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 11/9/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Zond family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is being developed by Russian mainstay Sukhoi OKB. The family consists of the Zond-1, Zond-2 and Zond-3 - each charged with varying non-military roles. The Zond-1 will primarily be used in communications relay and transmission of television signals at low-to-medium altitudes (up to 18,000 meters) through a radar and Phased Array Antenna (PAA) and TV link relay suite. The Zond-2 will undertake environmental monitoring tasks related to the earth's surface and upper atmosphere utilizing a sideways-looking synthetic aperture radar system, infrared and television monitoring at medium-to-higher altitudes (up to 24,000 meters). The Zond-3M is scheduled as something of a combination of both preceding Zond vehicles - monitoring environmental and atmospheric events and changes as well as communications relay. The Zond-3 will be dimensionally smaller when compared to the full-sized Zond-1 and Zond-2 series vehicles and be designed for operations at altitudes below 12,000 meters

Design of all three air vehicles will be largely the same save for a few notable physical differences. All versions will sport a Global Hawk-type nose profile with low-mounted straight-set wings with clipped tips. The Zond-1 and Zond-2 will sport a maximum take-off weight of 12,000kg compared to the Zond-3's 2,000kg MTOW. The Zond-1 and Zond-2 will also share the same empennage assembly, featuring a pair of outward-canted vertical tail fins in a Vee arrangement. The Zond-3 will be given a similar assembly though of an inverted Vee design. The Zond-1 will sport a triangular radar assembly on a strengthened support along its fuselage spine. The Zond-2 will be characterized by its fuselage underside assembly which will promote a deeper profile appearance. Unlike the Zond-1 and Zond-2 models, the Zond-3 will be powered by a lighter propeller-based powerplant set in the pusher configuration. The Zond-1 and Zond-2, comparatively, will feature a (presumed) turboshaft engine within the fuselage and side-mounted air intakes. It is assumed that all three designs will make use of a retractable undercarriage.




Specifications

YEAR: 2015
MANUFACTURER(S): Sukhoi - Russia
PRODUCTION: 0
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 42.65 ft (13 m)
WIDTH: 114.83 ft (35 m)
HEIGHT: 18.04 ft (5.5 m)
MTOW: 26,455 lb (12,000 kg)
POWER: 1 x turbofan engine (Zond-1; Zond-2) OR 1 x propeller engine in pusher configuration (Zond-3).
SPEED: 155 mph (250 kph; 135 kts)
CEILING: 49,213 feet (15,000 m; 9.32 miles)
RANGE: 7,456 miles (12,000 km; 6,479 nm)
OPERATORS: Russia
Armament



None. Fitted with a payload of antenna, communications equipment, relay systems, electro-optical systems, infrared, synthetic aperture radar and similar.
Variants / Models



• Zond-1 - Communications relay/TV transmissions; triangular radome on fuselage spine; Vee-style tail assembly.
• Zond-2 - Radar-equipped; IR/TV systems; atmospheric surveillance; Vee-style tail assembly.
• Zond-3 - - Radar-equipped; IR/TV systems; atmospheric surveillance; communications relay systems; inverted Vee-style tail assembly.








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.

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Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (155mph).

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Unit Production (0)
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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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
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
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