Northrop Grumman Model 324 Scarab

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Introduction
Note: Teledyne Ryan was bought by Northrop Grumman in 1999.

The Teledyne Ryan Model 324 Scarab is a jet-powered reconnaissance UAV developed in the United States in the 1980s for sale to Egypt. The Scarab is a medium-range reconnaissance asset, similar in operational concept to the old Ryan FireFly UAVs, but implemented with improved technology. It was designed to Egyptian Air Force requirements, and was first flown in 1988. 56 were delivered and the type remains in service.

It is a UAV with low-midbody-mounted swept wings, a twin-fin tail, and a rear-mounted Teledyne CAE 373-8C turbojet engine with the intake on the rear spine of the UAV. Launch is by RATO booster, and recovery by parachute. The aircraft’s guidance is pre-programmed, but a radio-control backup system is provided.

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.

Role
Day and night reconnaissance

Sensors
Either the D-500 IRLS (Honeywell/LIRIS) or the KS-153A 24 FL Photo Camera (Recon Optical), both are Wet Film Technology Systems.

First Flight
1988

Specs

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Model 324 Scarab6.123.351081.36140016100

Manufacturer
CountryNameHeadquartersURL
USANorthrop GrummanLos Angeles, Californiahttp://www.northropgrumman.com