|Status:||In Service||In Service||In Service|
|Country of origin:||Iran|
|Manufacturer:||Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company|
|Take-Off:||Conventional Take-off (CTOL)|
|Landing:||Conventional Landing (CTOL)|
|Power plant:||Small propeller driven piston engine (potentially smuggled from Germany and Ireland)|
|Wingspan:||16.4 ft (5 m)*|
|Length:||11.5 ft (3.5 m)*|
|Height:||3.3 ft (1 m)*|
|Maximum takeoff weight:|
|Speed:||124.3 mph (200 km/h)|
|Ceiling:||16,404.2 ft (5,000 m)|
|Range:||62.1 miles (100 km)|
|Operators:||2 to 3|
|Radar/Sensors:||Nightvision capable Electro-optics|
|Note:||At least two downed in Sudan and two in Syria. US forces in Iraq may have downed another in 2009.|
|May also been known as the Zagil|
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The Iranian media has for the first time identified the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has been exported to Sudan and used extensively in Syria as the Ababil-3. The Fars News Agency (FNA) published a story on 1 July saying that the Ababil-3 has a top speed of 200 km/h, a range of 100 km, […]
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