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Tengoen TB-001 Twin-Tailed Scorpion

Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV / UCAV

China | 2020

"The Tengoen TB-001 Twin-Tailed Scorpion is believed to have entered service with Chinese military forces as of 2021."

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China continues to assert itself as a leader in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) / drones with a particular eye towards the export market. A plethora of developments have arisen from within the borders of the Asian defense powerhouse, resulting in a market flooded with economically-minded, efficient air systems like the Tengeon TB-001 "Twin-Tailed Scorpion" - or simply "Scorpion" - to compete with more advanced, expensive Western offerings.

The TB-001 is the product of Tengoen Technology of China, a firm founded in January of 2016. Offerings in the company line include the TA-001 "Striking Hawk" as well as the aforementioned TB-001 system and encompass rotary-wing (i.e. Helicopter) unmanned vehicles as well. Both of the fixed-wing designs are cleared to carry combat munitions including air-to-surface missiles and precision-guided bombs.

The Twin-Tailed Scorpion relies on a proven twin engine / twin-boom layout to give it its required performance and operational range, particularly over-water. The system is classified as a Medium Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV type.

The wing mainplanes are of monoplane form and straight in its design, capable of mounting various air-to-surface ordnance, and sits atop the rounded fuselage featuring a shape similar to that of the American "Global Hawk" detailed elsewhere on this site. The booms are fitted under each wing mainplane and extend rearwards, joined by a high-mounted, shared horizontal plane connecting the twin rudder panels. Ground-running is through a wheeled, retractable tricycle arrangement, preserving the aircraft's aerodynamic efficiency when in the air.

The engines are of tractor / puller design and drive three-bladed units. The installations are at the tailboom heads and extended just past the wing leading edges.

All told, the aircraft has a wingspan of 65.5 feet and an MTOW rating of 6,000lb. It can fly to altitudes of 26,250 feet for up to 35 hours out to a range of 1,620 nautical miles via SATelite COMmunications (SATCOM).

It is thought that three prototypes have made up the development phase of the product.

In August of 2021, a TB-001 was intercepted and photographed by the Japanese Ministry of Defense over the East China Sea, leading to suspicions that the design has actually entered into operational service with the Chinese Air Force or Navy services.

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August 2021 - The Japanese Ministry of Defense photographed the TB-001 over the East China Sea during an interception action, leading to reports that the system has achieved some sort of operational-level service with the Chinese military.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Tengeon TB-001 Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV / UCAV.
2 x Conventional engines in puller configuration driving three-bladed propellers.
155 mph
250 kph | 135 kts
Max Speed
26,247 ft
8,000 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
1,864 miles
3,000 km | 1,620 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Tengeon TB-001 Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV / UCAV.
65.5 ft
(19.95 m)
O/A Width
4,409 lb
(2,000 kg)
Empty Weight
6,008 lb
(2,725 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Tengoen TB-001 Twin-Tailed Scorpion Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV / UCAV provided across 4 hardpoints.
Variable depending on mission type. Believed to support in-service Chinese air-to-surface missiles as well as precision-guided drop bombs.

Hardpoints Key:

Not Used
Notable series variants as part of the Tengoen TB-001 Twin-Tailed Scorpion family line.
TB-001 "Twin-Tailed Scorpion" / "Scorpion" - Base Series Designation.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Tengoen TB-001 Twin-Tailed Scorpion. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 10 Units

Contractor(s): Tengoen Technology - China
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