Qods Mohajer-6

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Role Multirole, including ISR and air-to-ground strike[1]
National origin Iran
Manufacturer Qods Aviation Industry Company
Design group Qods Aviation Industry Company
Status In service
Primary user Iran
Produced February 2018[2]
Number built 210 as of September 2022[citation needed]

The Mohajer-6 (Persian: پهپاد مهاجر-6) is an Iranian single-engine multirole ISTAR[3] UAV capable of carrying a multispectral surveillance payload and/or up to four precision-guided munitions.

The Mohajer-6 was unveiled in April 2016[4] and entered mass production in February 2018.[2] As of February 2018, ten have been manufactured for the IRGC Ground Forces,[5] and 40 are planned for the IRGC Navy.[5] It complements the larger Shahed 129 operated by the IRGC Aerospace Force.[6] The drone has also been delivered to the Iranian Army.[4]


The Mohajer-6 has a rectangular fuselage, an upwards-sloping nose, twin tailbooms, a top-mounted horizontal stabilizer, uncanted wingtips, straight wings mounted high and to the rear of the body, and air intakes on the top and bottom of the engine. The Mohajer-6 is controlled by two elevators on the horizontal stabilizer, rudders on the vertical stabilizers, and two flaps per wing. Unlike other Mohajer variants, it has a three-bladed propeller. According to a specification sheet provided by the Iran Ministry of Defense, the Mohajer-6 has a wingspan of 10 meters and is 5.67 meters long.[7] It is similar in shape to the Selex ES Falco.

As with other members of the Mohajer family, the Mohajer-6 is made of composite.[8]

A Mohaher-6 with a Qaem missile under the wing

The Mohajer-6 has fixed tricycle landing gear, which underwent changes between the unveiling ceremony in 2017 and mass production in 2018, perhaps to accommodate more weight.[9] It is launched and recovered via runway takeoff/landing.[10]

It has a fixed, forward-facing camera for navigation and a gimbal on the chin for a laser range finder and multispectral IR and visible light electro-optical imagery.[11] The Mohajer-6 has three antennas, two on its left wing and one on its right, and a pitot tube on its nose. The Mohajer-6 has two main variants. The A variant has two hardpoints, one under each wing, which can each carry one Qaem TV/IR-guided missile or one Almas missile.[5][a] The B variant has four hardpoints, with two under each wing carrying the same types of missiles. It has an autopilot system capable of automatic takeoff and landing. In addition, Iran describes it as capable of being fitted with electronic support measures, communications jamming, or electronic warfare payloads.[11]

In August 2022, the Mohajer-6 was reported to be equipped with the Almas missile.[12]


The Mohajer-6 has a maximum takeoff weight of 600–670 kg and can carry about 100–150 kg in armaments, depending on model. The ground control station of Mohajer-6 has 200–500 km range. It has a maximum speed of 200 km/h, an endurance of 12 hours, and a 16,000-18,000 ft (4600-5500 m) ceiling.[13][14]

Multiple sources say that although the Mohajer-6 is designed by Qods Aviation, it is manufactured by Qods' longtime rival, Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Corporation (HESA).[6] Both Qods and HESA are subsidiaries of Iran's state-owned Aerospace Industries Organization.


Specifications of Mohajer-6 from Qods Aviations and Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries (HESA):

Although the manufacturing company did not officially release the specifications and announcements for Mohajer-6, according to the information published by Iran's domestic news agencies, the specifications for two models are reported in June 2017 and August 2022 as follows.[15][13]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2 per ground control station
  • Length: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
  • Wing span: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Max. take-off mass: 600/670 kg (1,323/1,477 lb)
  • Payload: 100/150 kg (220/330 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × 115 hp Water-cooled 4-stroke internal combustion engine, either Austrian Rotax 914 or indigenous engine from HESA)[16]
  • Propeller: 3-bladed
  • Fuel type: gasoline (petrol)
  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (110 knots)
  • Cruise speed: 130 km/h (70 knots)
  • Radius of action: 2,000/2400 km (1,080/1,300 nmi)
  • Ground Communication range: 200-500 kilometres (130/312 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
  • Operational altitude: 16,000/18,000 ft (4,876/5,486 m)
  • Endurance: 12 hours

Four slots for guided missiles or bombs under the wings and two slots under the main fuselage.

The armament mounting and launching system of Mohajer-6 is similar to many other UAV models operating within the Iranian armed forces and many types of air-to-ground, air to air missiles, guided rockets, guided mortars, electronic countermeasure and radar detection and warning pods can be used with Mohajer-6 ammunition launching system.

Operational history[edit]

Some Mohajer-6s were reported to be based at Qeshm Island.[17]

In July 2019, Iran used the Mohajer-6 against PJAK militants.[18] The Mohajer-6 has reportedly been used against Jaish ul-Adl in 2023.[19]

In September 2022, a Russian Telegram post claimed, that Russia used a Mohajer-6 to guide Geran-2 suicide drones to their targets in Ukraine during their Invasion of Ukraine.[20] In the same month, Iran had also used the drone to attack Kurdish political party headquarters in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iran has supplied these drones to the Sudanese Army during the 2023 War in Sudan.[21] It has been allegedly used during the Battle of Khartoum.[22]



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  1. ^ For unknown reasons most of the Mohajer-6s displayed at Iran's mass production announcement in 2018 had no hardpoints.[2]

External links[edit]

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