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NavMar TigerShark

Intelligence , Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

United States | 2006

"The NavMar TigerShark has seen combat service in the skies over Afghanistan and is a product that continues to evolve."

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For the discerning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) customer, there are plenty of options available. One such entry into this growing field is the NavMar Applied Sciences Corporation " TigerShark " which is categorized as a multi-role MALE (Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance) UAV. The TigerShark line currently (2017) exists in two major marks, the original TigerShark and the TigerShark XP featuring broadened capabilities.

Its base design incorporates a centrally-held fuselage fitting the applicable mission equipment, comprised of cameras and sensors, with a high-mounted straight wing mainplane arrangement. The structure also houses the powerplant, avionics and available fuel stores. The tail unit is a twin-boom configuration with vertical fins bookending the horizontal stabilizer. The undercarriage is wheeled and of a tricycle arrangement for ground-running.

The wingspan measures 22 feet and overall length reaches 14.9 fete. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is 450lb with a payload capacity up to 75lb. The Tigershark can operate at altitudes up to 14,000 feet and holds a mission endurance window out to seven hours flight time (though this is variable and dependent upon the mission equipment fit and available fuel load). It is powered by a Herbrandson 2-stroke engine of 32 horsepower driving a wood-core composite two-bladed propeller in "pusher" configuration.

The related TigerShark XP model boasts an inherent multi-mission capability covering such roles as data-collection, reconnaissance, surveillance, communications relay, micro-drone controller host, target, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) support and geological / terrain mapping platform. This product sports a "plug and play" feature to make mission payload changes relatively easy. The nose camera installation supports both InfraRed (IR) and Electro-Optical (EO) types. The TigerShark XP flies at up to speeds of 80 knots reaching 15,000 feet of altitude. It has a twelve-hour endurance window and can take-off, fly and land on its own, the latter aided by the onboard laser altimeter and "touchdown" sensors. Payload capacity is up to 100lb.

The TigerShark XP Long Range and Tigershark XP Trainer are further extensions of the TigerShark family line. The former entry is optimized for the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) role while the latter is optimized for commercial and student UAV flight training. The TigerShark XP Long Range has a noticeably different fuselage design when compared to the other forms.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NavMar TigerShark Intelligence , Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
1 x Herbrandson 2-stroke engine developing 32 horsepower and driving a 2-bladed composite propeller blade in pusher arrangement.
75 mph
120 kph | 65 kts
Max Speed
13,993 ft
4,265 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
444 miles
715 km | 386 nm
Operational Range
435 ft/min
133 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the NavMar TigerShark Intelligence , Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
14.9 ft
4.55 m
O/A Length
22.0 ft
(6.70 m)
O/A Width
3.4 ft
(1.05 m)
O/A Height
278 lb
(126 kg)
Empty Weight
452 lb
(205 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the NavMar TigerShark Intelligence , Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) .
None. Mission payload revolves around 75lb of equipment.
Notable series variants as part of the NavMar TigerShark family line.
TigerShark - Base Series Name
TigerShark XP - Extended range variant with increased performance specifications.
TigerShark XP Long Range - Extended range variant with revised fuselage structure.
TigerShark XP Trainer - Training variant for commercial and sudent sectors.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the NavMar TigerShark. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 50 Units

Contractor(s): NavMar Applied Sciences Corporation - USA
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Image of the NavMar TigerShark
Image from official NavMar marketing material.

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