Iran's "new" tilt-wing VTOL drone... is Japan's QTW-UAS !

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Iran unveils new weird flying machine: a tilt-wing vertical takeoff and landing “ultra-advanced” drone
November 8, 2012

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According to the Ettelaat newspaper published on Nov. 8, 2012, the “first vertical takeoff drone in the world” with the name of Koker 1 (Koker is the name of a beautiful bird) was successfully flight-tested and about to be officially unveiled next month at island of Kish.

The tilt-wing unmanned aircraft is equipped with four noise-reduced engines and reportedly features some ultra-advanced technology as multidirectional radars, long-range optics, satellite communication devices, radar evasive devices.

It will be capable of travelling in day and night with 3 hours of continuous flight time up to 170 Km radius up to 12,000 ft, and will also be solar powered.

The drone is developed by the research team of Saman communication group from the state of Mazandaran which previously developed the “Likoo” drone.

Koker 1 will be displayed in the air show scheduled for Dec. 11-14 at Kish Island.

Obviously, it is not the first VTOL drone in the world. Nor is it the only tilt-wing robot being tested or operated: NASA and other less famous companies have been developing unmanned aircraft with tilting wings since some years.

On Oct. 14 Iran announced new combat drone capable of carrying missiles for air defense missions whereas in September, Tehran unveiled the new “Shahed 129″ a new UCAV (unmanned combat aerial vehicle) largely based on the Israeli Hermes 450 model.

Source: http://theaviationist.com/2012/11/08/koker/
 

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Thanks for posting that - I needed a mid-morning laugh! Solar powered? Right, OK... ;) And as for 3hr duration, if that's capable of flying for a minute over 30, I'll be absolutely astounded.

Also, considering the wingspan appears to be about 1m, their payload claims would also seem a 'tad' optomistic.
 

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Ultra-advanced!

They completely lost their sense of ridiculous.
 

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Without venturing any remark on performance or payload capacity (after all, this could be just a demonstrator for a slightly bigger machine), what really struck me is the claim that Iran has produced the “first vertical takeoff drone in the world”... The Northrop NV-101, the YBQM-108A and the Bell/Boeing Eagle Eye (just to name the ones that come to mind) came a long time before the Koker 1...
 

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Maybe the word 'world' is mistranslated (and really means Iran?)

Then again Koker might actually be a misspelling of a similar sounding English word...

It is funny how every nation tries to pass off their tech as state-of-the art...
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
Iran unveils new weird flying machine: a tilt-wing vertical takeoff and landing “ultra-advanced” drone
November 8, 2012

According to the Ettelaat newspaper published on Nov. 8, 2012, the “first vertical takeoff drone in the world” with the name of Koker 1 (Koker is the name of a beautiful bird) was successfully flight-tested and about to be officially unveiled next month at island of Kish.

The tilt-wing unmanned aircraft is equipped with four noise-reduced engines and reportedly features some ultra-advanced technology as multidirectional radars, long-range optics, satellite communication devices, radar evasive devices.

It will be capable of travelling in day and night with 3 hours of continuous flight time up to 170 Km radius up to 12,000 ft, and will also be solar powered.

The drone is developed by the research team of Saman communication group from the state of Mazandaran which previously developed the “Likoo” drone.

Koker 1 will be displayed in the air show scheduled for Dec. 11-14 at Kish Island.

Obviously, it is not the first VTOL drone in the world. Nor is it the only tilt-wing robot being tested or operated: NASA and other less famous companies have been developing unmanned aircraft with tilting wings since some years.

On Oct. 14 Iran announced new combat drone capable of carrying missiles for air defense missions whereas in September, Tehran unveiled the new “Shahed 129″ a new UCAV (unmanned combat aerial vehicle) largely based on the Israeli Hermes 450 model.

Source: http://theaviationist.com/2012/11/08/koker/


...hmm, have seen this one somewhere before...ah, here it is: The GH Craft QTW-UAV!
 

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Wow. Well done, thanks! So it's a Japanese UAV flown by Iran. How did it end up there??
 

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Thanks. Topic name changed to reflect the actual identity of the "Koker 1"...

I'm enclosing a diagram that was hiding in some old page of the same site, more pics from airshow display models, and a projected civilian transport derivative.
 

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Oh well - these things happen... Apparently one of the first editions of Encyclopedia Americana was an unlicensed copy of Encylopeadia Brittanica
 

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http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/13/03/30/0432202/iranian-labs-quadcopters-to-rescue-swimmers

EDIT: Apparently I was wrong and it is actually a separate project.
 
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