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Model 324 UAV

Northrop Grumman's Model 324 Scarab was custom-designed in response to Egyptian Air Force requirements. The Model 324 is a versatile, easy to operate reconnaissance UAV that has a cruise range of 1,400 miles and with a speed of Mach 0.8. The wings are low-mounted, swept-back, and tapered. The turbojet engine is hidden in the aft belly compartment until launch. The fuselage is flat-bottomed with a pointed nose and hump on aft top of craft. Two swept-back and tapered fins are mounted on unequally tapered flats.

Specifications

Builder NORTHROP GRUMMAN
RoleDay and night reconnaissance
Similar Aircraft
Wing Span 11 ft (3.35 m)
Length 20 ft, 1 in (6.12 m)
Height
Weight 2,384 Pounds
Engine TCAE 373-8
Maximum speed
Cruising speed Mach 0.8
Range 1,400 miles
Service Ceiling
Sensors Either the D-500 IRLS (Honeywell/LIRIS) or the KS-153A 24 FL Photo Camera (Recon Optical), Both Wet Film Technology Systems
Crew Deployable and Operable by a Three Man Crew
Cost
User Countries Egypt
  • Total of 56 Produced and Delivered. Approximately 50 Remain Flight Worthy
  • l Unit Based in Kom Oshim Air Base, 80 km South of Cairo
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