Tadiran Mastiff

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Mastiff
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Mastiff at the Israeli Air Force Museum
Role Reconnaissance UAV
National origin Israel
Manufacturer Tadiran Electronic Systems

The Mastiff is a battlefield UAV built by Tadiran Electronic Industries.

It first flew in 1973. It featured data-link system and miniaturized electronics that fed live and high-resolution video coverage of the targeted area to operators. It is thus seen as the first modern surveillance UAV.[1] The combination of its long flight endurance of over 7 hours and real-time video streaming gave Israeli forces unprecedented depth of coverage, speed of information delivery and on-station surveillance time.[2]

As a result of the 1973 Yom Kippur War the Israeli Defence Forces came with an operational requirement to give the field commanders the ability to look "over the hill". The first operational requirements called for a vehicle that will be able to carry a 10 kg payload to ranges of 30–50 km.

Tadiran started developing the Mastiff Mini RPV (Remote Piloted Vehicle) after being approached by a group of entrepreneurs who were looking for Tadiran to provide the Mastiff radio command.

Three generations of the Mastiff developed by Tadiran were in operational use by the IDF performing numerous operational missions, the most well known of them was flown during the first Lebanon war when Yasser Arafat was caught by the Mastiff video camera.[3]

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: None
  • Capacity: 37 kg (81 lb) payload
  • Length: 3.3 m (10 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 4.25 m (13 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 0.89 m (2 ft 11 in)
  • Empty weight: 72 kg (170 lb)
  • Gross weight: 138 kg (304 lb) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)
  • Endurance: 7 hours  30 min
  • Service ceiling: 4,480 m (14,700 ft)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History: A Political, Social, and Military History, ABC-CLIO, 12 May 2008, by Spencer C. Tucker, Priscilla Mary Roberts, page 1054-55
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History: A Political, Social, and Military History, ABC-CLIO, 12 May 2008, by Spencer C. Tucker, Priscilla Mary Roberts, page 1054-55
  3. ^ http://www.tutorgig.info/Mastiff+Bat_es.html

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