Sunday, 10 November 2013

Iran deploying her newest drones to Syria: The Yasir UAV

In this video we're seeing the deployment of what appears to be Iranian made Yasir UAVs in Syria.

The Yasir is based on the American made Scan Eagle, of which at least one was captured by Iran. A production line for a direct copy was built and two variants have since been revealed to the public, one being the Sayeh and the other being the Yasir. The Yasir has a twin tailboom with a v-tail rudder, as opposed to the Sayeh, which has no tail at all.

The Yasir UAV was specifically made for the Iranian Navy. Improvements include the Yasir being water proof and the drone not requiring a recovery hook to be recovered. Although both improvements are not of great concern for Syria.

Yasir is reported to be capable of flying at an altitude of 15.000ft, having an endurance of eight hours and an operational radius of 200km. This means that the Yasir is able to cover large parts of Syria while being controlled by Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Sepāh) operators inside Damascus. Two Yasir UAVs were downed so far. One on the 5th of December 2013 over Aleppo and one over Qalamoun on the 7th of December 2013.

The drones are obviously being brought in by one of the many flight of Revolutionary Guards Il-76s from Iran. The Yasir is very easy to transport, with the drone only requiring a couple of boxes of space.

The Yasir, just like the Scan Eagle, is launched with the help of a catapult. The launcher can be seen below.

Yasir is operated from a control station far way from the drone itself. The control station of the Yasir can be seen below.

Footage of the drone in Iran can be viewed here.

Footage of a crashed Yasir UAV in Syria can be viewed here.

Special thanks to Mads Dahl.

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1 comment:

  1. These are some of the beautiful pictures. UAV stands for unmanned aerial vehicle and it is a plane piloted by a remote control and this system is used by various industries for various purposes.