Military Knowledge: “Ababil 3” Surveillance and Reconnaissance Drone
Ababil 3 was unveiled in 2010 during IRGC “The Great Prophet 5 Drill” and some footages recorded by this drone from foreign warships in Persian Gulf were shown. The drone was then spotted in several drills by Iran’s Army and the IRGC. In 2014 Ababil 3 was officially delivered to Iran’s armed forces.
Ababil 3 specifications:
– Range: 250 km
– Endurance: 8 hrs
– Ceiling: 5000 m (16000 ft)
– Speed: 200 km/h
– Length: ~4.5 m, wingspan: ~6.5 m
– Mission: Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
– Manufacturer: Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company (HESA) – Aerospace Force of the IRGC
A famous operation performed by this drone was in April 2019, in which it flew over aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in Persian Gulf and recording video which was published and had impact in the media around the world.