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HESA Hamaseh (Epic)

Unarmed / Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) [ 2016 ]

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

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/12/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Active Service.

Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Company (HESA) - Iran
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Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.

Houses, or can house (through specialized variants), radar equipment for searching, tracking, and engagement of enemy elements.
Design incorporates rear-facing pusher-prop arrangement, a contrast to the more conventional puller-prop layout.
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
Can accelerate to higher speeds than average aircraft of its time.
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
Design covers the three all-important performance categories of speed, altitude, and range.
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.

16.6 ft
(5.05 m)
29.5 ft
(9.00 m)
6.2 ft
(1.90 m)
Empty Wgt
507 lb
(230 kg)
915 lb
(415 kg)
Wgt Diff
+408 lb
(+185 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the HESA Hamaseh production variant)
monoplane / high-mounted / straight
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper-most position allowable along the dorsal line of the fuselage.
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the HESA Hamaseh production variant)
Installed: 1 x Conventional engine driving two-bladed propeller at the rear of the fuselage in pusher arrangement.
Max Speed
121 mph
(195 kph | 105 kts)
Cruise Speed
103 mph
(165 kph | 89 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+19 mph
(+30 kph | 16 kts)
15,092 ft
(4,600 m | 3 mi)
124 mi
(200 km | 370 nm)
800 ft/min
(244 m/min)

♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030

(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the HESA Hamaseh production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)

Supported Types

(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 2

"Hamaseh" ("Epic") - Base Series Name.

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