The Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) unveiled a scale model of a previously unseen newest cruise missile at the 2019 MAKS air show being held near Moscow from 27 August to 1 September.
The new missile, dubbed Mobeen, is supposedly equipped with a digitized scene-mapping area correlator (DSMAC) and a terrain contour matching (TERCOM) system for navigation. The missile also has a terminal guidance system.
Mobeen’s design shares many similarities with the US-made Teledyne Ryan Model 324 Scarab unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The drone was developed in the 80s exclusively for the Egyptian military.
The information sheet described the Mobin (conqueror) as a cruise missile, but an IAIO representative told Jane’s that this was an error in the marketing material and that it is actually a multipurpose ground-launched UAV that can be recovered using a parachute. He said it entered Iranian service in the previous year and had been cleared for export.
He stated that the rest of the information on the product sheet was accurate. This said the Mobin has a 3 m wingspan and a ‘stealthy’ radar cross section of less than 0.1 m 2 .
It weighs 670 kg and can carry a variety of payloads weighing up to 120 kg in its nose compartment. It can operate at altitudes from 30 to 45,000 ft, has an endurance of 45 minutes at an altitude of 10 m, and a maximum speed of 900 km/h.
According to the airshow’s website, five Iranian exhibitors have taken part in MAKS 2019, including Iran’s Embassy in Moscow, the Iran Air Show, the International affairs and technological exchange center of the Vice-Presidency for science and Technology Affairs, Aeropub (BARA Aerospace), and AEROSPINA.