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Mastiff
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. 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 after being approached by a group of entrepreneurs who were looking for Tadiran to provide the Mastiff radio command.

3 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.

Specifications

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)

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