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HESA Shahed-149 (Gaza)

Reusable Attack Drone / UCAV

Iran | 2022

"The HESA Shahed-149 Gaza is a new addition to the growing line of Iranian-originated combat drones."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the HESA Shahed-149 Reusable Attack Drone / UCAV.
1 x Conventional engine developing between 650 and 750 horsepower driving a four-bladed propeller unit in pusher arrangement.
249 mph
400 kph | 216 kts
Max Speed
36,089 ft
11,000 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
4,350 miles
7,000 km | 3,780 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the HESA Shahed-149 Reusable Attack Drone / UCAV.
34.4 ft
10.50 m
O/A Length
10.5 ft
(3.20 m)
O/A Width
68.9 ft
(21.00 m)
O/A Height
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the HESA Shahed-149 (Gaza) Reusable Attack Drone / UCAV .
Notable series variants as part of the HESA Shahed-149 (Gaza) family line.
Shahed-149 "Gaza" - Base Series Designation.
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With the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War, Iran is quickly becoming a global provider of low-cost drone solutions. While some are mere straight-up Iranian copies of Western types (namely American and Israeli in origin), others are homegrown indigenous developments which are beginning to catch the attention of military powers such as Russia. The HESA Shahed-149 "Gaza", a further development of the earlier Shahed-129 ("Eye-Witness") series drone (detailed elsewhere on this site), was introduced in April of 2022 and reportedly maintains an active presence in the Iranian inventory. The type's overall design arrangement is reminiscent of the American "Predator" / "Reaper" drone lines detailed elsewhere on this site.

Design of the new combat-oriented air vehicle is attributed to Shahed Aviation Industries while production is handled by the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Corporation (HESA) founded in 1977.

The configuration of the aircraft sees a sleek and aerodynamically-refined shape. The forward fuselage is bulged and houses the avionics set. At the "chin" position is a traversing "blister" turret given unfettered 360-degree views of the terrain below. The turret houses an Electro-Optical (EO) and InfraRed (IR) optics set for day/night work and is capable of thermal imaging as well as laser range-finding. The mainplanes are md-mounted members along the sides of the fuselage and straight in their general form with clipped tips. The empennage houses the engine complex - outputting up to 750 horsepower - which drives a four-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" fashion. The tailplanes comprise a pair of dorsally-mounted, outward-canted vertical fins with a single ventrally-positioned fin for the needed control and stability. Ground-running is possible through a standard wheeled tricycle arrangement.

Dimensions include a running length of 34.4 feet, a wingspan of 68.10 feet, and a height of 10.5 feet.

Performance-wise, this air vehicle cruises at 220 miles-per-hour and can range out to 4,300 miles while remaining airborne for periods exceeding 35 hours. Its service ceiling is 35,000 feet.

As a reusable attack drone (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle = UCAV), the aircraft is granted access to many in-service Iranian air-dropped / air-launched munitions including missiles and bombs. Beyond this, the aircraft can be equipped for the electronic warfare role by carrying various mission-centric pods.

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Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the HESA Shahed-149 (Gaza). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 25 Units

Contractor(s): Shahed Aviation Industries / Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Corporation (HESA) - Iran
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