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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

After monitoring the IAF performance during the 1982 "Operation Peace for Galilee" the EAF's experts noticed the importance of electronic warfare and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the war and therefore they began a large program to introduce the EAF to advanced electronic warfare technologies. The beginning was marked by the purchase of 2 specially modified C-130 for intelligence gathering missions. They were designated as EC-130.

The second step was the introduction of UAVs and so the Egyptian Air Force requirements were set. In response the Teledyne Ryan's Model 324 Scarab was custom-designed to meet them. 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.

Egypt also uses 48 R4E-50 Skyeye mini-UAVs and is locally Developing an unmanned air vehicle. The EAF use UAVs for different missions including reconnaissance, border mentoring and electronic warfare. Some reports talks about a project to lunch a multipurpose satellite by the end of 2004.

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