TAI Pelikan

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TAI Pelikan
Role Unmanned drone reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition
Manufacturer Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)

TAI Pelikan, aka IHA-X2, is a radio-controlled reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition drone. Designed, developed and built by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a half scale model of the tactical drone TAI Baykuş air platform. It was produced as a training and bridge platform to the TAI Baykuş.[1]

Pelikan is the Turkish word for species pelican. TAI has some other UAV's named after birds.


The shoulder-winged UAV has all composite material airframe with metal twin tail booms. The drone is propelled by two 2-cylinder 2-stroke gasoline engines of type Zenoah G38 from Japan with 4 x 2.2 hp (1.6 kW) power.[2] There exist two versions of TAI Pelikan related to propeller configuration, a pusher and a tractor aircraft. The drone carries a two-axis gimbaled EO/IR camera, which relays its video in real-time telemetry. Its guidance/tracking takes place fully autonomous based on INS/GPS integrated waypoint navigation system. Take off and landing of the drone is accomplished in conventional way on wheels.[1][3]


Data from RUVSA Russian Unmanned Vehicle Systems Association - TR Defence[3][1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 0
  • Length: 3.00 m (9 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 3.60 m (11 ft 10 in)
  • Empty weight: 20 kg (44 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 35 kg (77 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Zenoah G38 2-cylinder two-stroke engine


  • Maximum speed: 120 km/h (75 mph; 65 kn)
  • Endurance: 6 hr
  • Service ceiling: 1,525 m (5,003 ft)


  1. ^ a b c "An overview of Turkish UAV R&D and production-TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries)". TR Defence. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  2. ^ "G38 Engine (2.3 cu in) by Zenoah (ZENE38A)". Horizon Hobby. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  3. ^ a b "Pelikan". RUVSA. Retrieved 2013-02-03.

External links

  • TAI Pelikan images at Defence Talk website
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