Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps trains with Mohajer-6 suicide drones


According to Tasnim news agency, in the final stage of ‘Payambar-e Azam 17 (The Great Prophet)’ exercise, underway along Iran’s southern coasts, the IRGC Ground Force flew various combat and reconnaissance drones over the drill zone.
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The Qods Mohajer-6 is an ISTAR UAV capable of carrying a multispectral surveillance payload and/or up to four precision-guided munitions, even if this early picture shows only two at the initial stage. (Picture source: Tasnim)


The suicide UAVs that have been recently supplied to the IRGC Ground Force detonated a number of targets on Wednesday, December 22. Moreover, the Mohajer-6 drones hit the targets with smart ‘Qaem’ bombs with pinpoint accuracy.

The Qods Mohajer-6 is an ISTAR UAV capable of carrying a multispectral surveillance payload and/or up to two precision-guided munitions. It can also be used as a "suicide drone". They equip the IRGC Ground Forces and the IRGC Navy. The Mohajer-6 complements the larger Shahed 129 operated by the third IRGC branch, the IRGC-ASF. Three have also been delivered to the Iranian Army. The Mohajer-6 entered serial production in February 2018. As with other members of the Mohajer family, the Mohajer-6 is made of composite.

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. 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 initially had two hardpoints, one under each wing, which can each carry one Qaem TV/IR-guided missile. A more recent picture shows four hardpoints. 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.

The Mohajer-6 is launched and recovered via runway takeoff/landing. It has a max takeoff weight of 600 kg, a payload of 100 kg, and an operating range of 200 km. It has a maximum speed of 200 km/h, an endurance of 12 hours, and a ceiling of 18,000 feet.

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


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The Mohajer-6 complements the larger Shahed 129 operated by the third IRGC branch, the IRGC-ASF (Picture source: warandhaab.com)


 

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