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Shahed-171 (Simorgh)

Unmanned Stealth Drone Aircraft

Iran | 2015

"The Shahed-171 Simorgh is one of two Iranian copies of the captured Lockheed RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone of late-2011."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Shahed-171 Unmanned Stealth Drone Aircraft.
1 x Turbofan (Garret TFE731 or GE TF34 copy or similar) engine of unknown thrust output.
559 mph
900 kph | 486 kts
Max Speed
39,370 ft
12,000 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Shahed-171 Unmanned Stealth Drone Aircraft.
14.8 ft
4.50 m
O/A Length
38.0 ft
(11.58 m)
O/A Width
5.9 ft
(1.80 m)
O/A Height
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Shahed-171 (Simorgh) Unmanned Stealth Drone Aircraft provided across 2 hardpoints.
Undisclosed. Assumed missiles and precision-guided / drop bombs.

Hardpoints Key:

Not Used
Notable series variants as part of the Shahed-171 (Simorgh) family line.
Shahed-171 "Simorgh" - Base Series Designation.
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In December of 2011, Iranian elements captured a downed, largely intact Lockheed Martin RQ-170 "Sentinel" jet-powered reconnaissance stealth drone. From this, the country was able to secure decades of research into the technologies (as well as the American approach to advanced drone design) in regards to low-observable, unmanned aircraft. The result today is an Iran that has invested heavily in the design, development, and production of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) including direct-combat and loitering munition types.

The Shahed-171 "Simorgh" (also S-171) is one offshoot of the Sentinel find - representing a 100% scale version and direct-copy of the American design. Beyond this there exists a collection of related variants: the "Shahed-141" represents a 40% scale version of the RQ-170 complete with piston-powered drive while the "Shahed-161" is another 40% scale form only jet-powered. The "Shahed-181" is a 60% scale version and has a piston-powered drive and the "Shahed-191" follows as another 60% scale entry.

The Shahed-171 is one of two Iranian models based in the RQ-170, the other being the dimensionally smaller Shahed "Saegheh" of 2016 detailed elsewhere on this site.

The Shahed-171 took to the air for the first time during 2014 and reportedly is in service with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (Aerospace Force).

Manufacturing is handled under the Shahed Aviation Industries brand label. As the aircraft is a direct copy of the Lockheed air vehicle, it is thought to not exhibit all of the performance and system capabilities inherent in the advanced American design - this would be consistent with other copy programs enacted by Iranian aero-industry. Unlike the Sentinel, which is an unarmed spyplane, the Iranian Shahed-171 has been noted to carry air-launched, air-dropped munitions making it an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)..

It's actual numbers in the Iranian inventory are disputed and may not number more than five air frames as Iran turns its attention to more cost-effective UAVs for local and export.

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Total Production: 5 Units

Contractor(s): Shahed Aviation Industries - Iran
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