Published by defenseupdate at 01/10/2010 21:03 10 0
http://www.defense-update.com Japans air force has tested last month the latest version of air-launched UAV, designated 'TACOM'. The drone was launched from a Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-15 and after a short autonomous flight landed at the Iwo-Jima air base in Southern Japan. TACOM is a unique, indigenously developed unmanned system is designed as a multi-purpose unmanned platform that can be tailored for a multitude of missions, including reconnaissance, assault, electronic warfare/decoy and air strike. TACOM weighs about 700 kg, measures 5.2 meters in length, 1.62 mw high and has a wing span of 2.5 meters. Powered by a single turbofan engine developing 1,100 lbs of thrust TACOM can cruise at transonic speed and reach an operational range of up to 1,000 km.