Syria (14 Feb 2012) UAV Captured on Video Over Kafr Batna
The above freeze frames were captured from an amateur cameraman in Damascus over the skies of Kafr Batna, a small suburb. The video was uploaded to the internet on 14 February 2012.
It was recently reported that the US was flying UAVs over Syria; however the UAV in the above freeze frames do not appear to be of US origin. Many have speculated that this unit comes from Iran, perhaps a Mohajer variant, while others put forward Israel's Heron. Another possibility yet, it could be a Syrian operated UAV but it's difficult to find any information on potential models in Syrian inventory.
Assuming that the drone belongs to the Syrian gov't, it's might be an Iranian model. It matches the Mohajer in general description but some of the specifics - like the wing shape - are off. One candidate is this yet unnamed drone which some of us have been calling the "Pahpad" (Persian equivalent of U.A.V.). Note the similarity to the Seeker drone.
The first picture is the Iranian drone during a wargame while the second picture was taken over Sudan (which I also suspect is an Iranian drone of the same type).
Last edited by Backpacker; 02-25-2012 at 03:55 PM.
There are two features that point to it not being a Mohajer. For one, I don't think the wings have the correct aspect ratio: the one in the video has very narrow wings that only taper near the end like on the Seeker 2. The Mohajer-4 on the other hand has wings that have a very broad root and gradually tapers down the entire length of the wing. Second, this is hard to catch but in the first screenshot posted on OSGEOINT you can see that the vertical stabilizers appear to be connected to the boom in the middle rather than at the top as with the Mohajer-4.
One area of difference between this drone and the Seeker (...and the Mohajer as well) is that it has significantly longer tail-booms, or at least the video makes it appear that way.
Last edited by Backpacker; 02-25-2012 at 04:45 PM.
To me the images posted by Backpacker are the best candidates for a match:
Tails are connected right.
The tail-fins extend below the stabilizers
The stabilizers do not extend in front of the leading edges of the wings.
The wings are not "predator-slim", but shorter and broarder. Also it seems that the line of the rear edge of the wings "breaks" in about the right place (but harder to get the leading edge to fit).
Anyway, the idea of the drone not being operated by the Syrian regime seems very unlikely - considering the very indiscreet way it's being done.
Last edited by joergen; 02-25-2012 at 04:57 PM.