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HESA Hamaseh (Epic)

Unarmed / Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Iran | 2016

"The HESA Hamaseh of Iranian origin first appeared in 2013 and is believed to have entered service some time in 2016."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the HESA Hamaseh Unarmed / Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
1 x Conventional engine driving two-bladed propeller at the rear of the fuselage in pusher arrangement.
121 mph
195 kph | 105 kts
Max Speed
15,092 ft
4,600 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
124 miles
200 km | 108 nm
Operational Range
800 ft/min
244 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the HESA Hamaseh Unarmed / Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
16.6 ft
5.05 m
O/A Length
29.5 ft
(9.00 m)
O/A Width
6.2 ft
(1.90 m)
O/A Height
507 lb
(230 kg)
Empty Weight
915 lb
(415 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the HESA Hamaseh (Epic) Unarmed / Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) .
Notable series variants as part of the HESA Hamaseh (Epic) family line.
"Hamaseh" ("Epic") - Base Series Name.
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Iran has done well to study and reengineer the drones of others (including those of Israel and the United States), leading to an indigenous industrial capacity to produce such over-battlefield solutions. The HESA "Hamaseh" ("Epic") is one such product, developed by the engineers at the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company (HESA), serving the Iranian Armed Forces today (2022). This tactically-minded design was unveiled in 2013 and appeared with some revisions in place in 2016 - this reworked form is believed to be the version in service with Iranian elements since.

Its basic arrangement involves a centralized fuselage, housing all pertinent internal working components (including the drive system), with a twin-boom tail unit. The nose is noticeably enlarged compared to the rest of the body, housing the avionics fit. The engine sits at the rear of the fuselage and drives a two-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" configuration and the tail booms emanate from the trailing edges of the wing mainplanes to be joined by a shared horizontal plane at the extreme rear. This plane is straddled by vertical rudders for the needed control. The mainplanes sit over the fuselage and are straight in their general shape with tapering, clipped tips. The undercarriage, being wheeled and of tricycle arrangement, is fixed during flight.

Dimensionally, the aircraft has an overall length of 16.6 feet, a height of 6.2 feet, and a wingspan of 29.5 feet. Empty weight is 505lb against a gross of 915lb.

Performance-wise, the Hamaseh can reach speeds of 120 miles-per-hour (with typical cruising done at 100mph), fly out to 120 miles, and fly up to 15,000 feet. It holds an endurance range of about 11 hours though this is payload-dependent. Rate-of-climb is just under 800 feet-per-minute.

The drone is primarily intended for unarmed reconnaissance though it does support a combat capability through a dedicated variant. The typical fit is an optics set for ISR work though the tactical value of this aircraft can be extended by implementation of special-mission equipment (such as signal jammers), sensors, and the like. The attack model is somewhat limited by modern standards, this to small-diameter drop bombs and similar ordnance, as it lacks a missile-delivery ability now relatively common to Western types.

The Hamaseh has an autonomous function and can fly to and from preplanned waypoints along the flight route. Its landing and take-off actions require the facilities of a prepared runway but the system can be rail-launched with the help of Jet-Assisted Take-Off (JATO) to achieve lift in short order. While its return is aided by a runway, the unit can also be reclaimed by way of deployable parachute as an alternative means.

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Total Production: 250 Units

Contractor(s): Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Company (HESA) - Iran
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