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DIO Arash

Unmanned Loitering Munition Drone

Iran | 2019

"The Arash is another in the growing line of Iranian-originated low-cost drones - its battlefield role being that of loitering munition."

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The Arash is a loitering munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) originating from Iran. The design was revealed in November of 2021 after the successful results of testing by the Iranian military. The type is detailed as a long-range, direct-attack done which, as a loitering munition, is designed to be consumed in the attack (aka 'Kamikaze').

The air vehicle has been given a "shark-like" appearance with aerodynamic streamlining of the rounded fuselage as well as swept-back mainplanes. A single vertical plane is seated over the rear of the fuselage to round out the needed control scheme. The nose is of a slim conical shaping and presumably holds an optics set or war load. The aircraft is launched by rail from the rear of a flatbed truck or stationary mounting component. The initial take-off action is aided by a jettisonable short-term rocket pack that is dropped once the Arash can achieve forward momentum and lift under its own power. Inherent propulsion power is from engine (battery-powered, all-electric powerplant being assumed) embedded at the rear of the fuselage driving a two-bladed propeller unit in pusher fashion.

Once launched, the aircraft can be guided to the target or target area at which point the Arash is destroyed in the subsequent attack action.

Such economical, easy-to-use / easy-to-maintain solutions are becoming ever more present in the inventory of Iran who, despite being hard-hit by Western sanctions, manages a growing indigenous military-industrial complex. Desperate to expand its UAS collection in its war with Ukraine, Russian officials visited Iran in the hopes of securing additional unmanned systems - including loitering munitions - that have had quite the impact in the modern war setting for both sides.

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November 2021 - The Arash was reportedly successfully tested by the Iranian military.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the DIO Arash Unmanned Loitering Munition Drone.
1 x Battery-fueled electric engine driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the rear of the fuselage.
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the DIO Arash Unmanned Loitering Munition Drone.
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the DIO Arash Unmanned Loitering Munition Drone .
Onboard war load, detonated upon impact.
Notable series variants as part of the DIO Arash family line.
Arash - Base Series Name.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the DIO Arash. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 100 Units

Contractor(s): Defense Industries Organization (DIO) - Iran
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Image of the DIO Arash
Image from Fars News Agency press release.

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