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Iran tests unmanned air vehicle

Iranian company Hesa is working on an improved version of the Ababil II unmanned air vehicle. A model was shown at the IDEX defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi recently, but this is the first time a working version has been seen. The canard-configuration Ababil II can carry a small camera and has a 3h endurance, which the company is seeing to improve. The 3.33m span, 2.8m-long Ababil II is powered by a P73 rotary engine, and cruises at an operational speed of 200kt (370km/h) to a maximum ceiling of 10,800ft (3,300m).

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