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1. ~-REL
CAN) USAKA BXN LADXN THREAT TO US.
ACCORDXNG 'l'O
RELXABLE SOURCES OPERATXVES OF USMA BXN LADXN W7LL AT'l'ACK A
HXGHLY VI:SABLE US GOVERNMENT TARGET Wl:THl:N THE NEXT 24- 36
HOURS. SPECl:FXCALLY, THE TERRORXST ~LL
U'l'l:LXZE AN UNMANNED
AERl:AL VEHXCLE (UAV) BELXEVED 'l'O BE THE RUSSXAN DEVELOPED
COLl:BRX MODXFl:ED 'l'O BE LAUNCHED OFF A SHXP.
THE SPECXFXC
TARGET IS UNKNOWN. HOWEVER UNCONFXRMED REPORTS SUGGEST THE
WASHXNG'l'ONDC AREA XS A LXKELY TARGE.T. B'XN LADXN HAS .
REPORTEDLY ACQUXRED AT LEAST ONE AND POSSXBLY TWO COLIBRI
..
UAVS.
2.
(U) THE COLIBRI IS A RUSSl:AN DESXGNED UAV PROTOTYPE.THE
COLXBRl: XS A PROPELLER-DRXVEN RPVDESXGNED 'l'O PERFORM
Ml:LXTARY AND CXVI:LXAN APPLXCATXONS OF SURVEXLLANCE,
MOm'l'ORXNG, AND SAMPLXNG Ml:SSXONS. XT HAS A SWEPT, LOWMOUN'l'ED, HXGH-ASPECT-RATXO ~NG,
A T-TAXL,
AND A PUSHER-TYPE
PROPELLER. THE FUSELAGE IS W7DER THAN XT IS TALL, TO ENABLE
EASY ACCESS TO THE MODULAR MXSSXON AVI:ONXCS PACKAGES.
RETRACTABLE LANDl:NG GEAR ALLOWS FOR. CONVEN'l'XONAL TAKEOFF AND
LAHDXNG. COLXBRX XS XN'l'ENDED 'l'O PERFORM A mDE VARXE'l'Y OF
Ml:LITARY AND CrvIL~
~SSXONS.
REPORTED MJ:SSXONS XNCLUDE
RADIATION AND CHEHICAL'PARTl:CLE
DETECTJ:ON AND MONXTORJ:NG,
ATMOSPHERXC SAMPLING, FXRE DETECTION, PXPELXNE SURVEY, LAND
AND WATER CON'l'AMJ:NATXONDETECTXON, HXGHWAYAND RAJ:LWAY
PATROLLXNG, LAND SURVEY, l:CE SURVEY, Fl:SHJ:NG RESEARCH, AND
WATER TEMPERATURE MAPPJ:NG. J:T MAY ALSO HAVE BEEN MODJ:FJ:ED
FOR A SHORT TAKEOFF CAPABl:LJ:1'Y. THE COLXBRX HAS THE PAYLOAD
OPTXONS OF TELEVJ:SION AND XR SENSORS, RADXATXON AND C~CAL
DETECTORS, OR ATMOSPHERXC SAMPLJ:NG EQUXPMEN'l'.
THE COLXBRl:
WJ:LL PROBABLY USE A FLl:GHT PATH BASED ON NAVJ:GATJ:ON WAY
POXNTS PRESET PRXOR TO FLJ:GHT, BtJ'l' CAN BE MANUALLY
CONTROLLED AT ANY TJ:ME BY PERSONNEL J:N THE GeS.
3.
(.8-'-REL CAN) ACCORDXNG TO RUSSJ:AN SOURCES THE PLANS FOR
THE COLIBRI MAY HAVE BEEN J:LLEGALLY PURCHASED FROM AVICS~
LTD BY AGENTS OF BXN LADJ:N POSJ:NG AS XRANJ:AN AJ:R FORCE
REPRESEN'l'ATXVES. REPORTEDLY THE FREJ:GHTER CARRYJ:NG THE UAV
WJ:LL ALSO BE TRANSPORTXNG A DoZEN SHOULDER FJ:RED SURFACE TO
.AJ:R Ml:SSXLES (TYPE UNKNOWN), UNSPECI~i:~ ~

WRl:AN

DECLASSIFIED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE
INTERAGENCY SECURITY CLASSIFICATION APPEALS PANEL,
E.O. 13526, SECTION 5.3(b)(3)
IS CAP APPEAL NO. 2013-002, document no.10
DECLASSIFICATION
DATE: July 8, 2015

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4.
(U) THE AIRCRAFT REPORTEDLY TO BE USED IS EQUIPPED WITH
A SOPHISTICATED ELECTRONIC JAMMING AND EASE-DROPPING
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND RADAR MONITORING EQUIPMENT.
A
FLIR AND SMALL LLTV SYSTEM HAS ALSO BEEN ENCORPORATED.
THE
WEAPON PAYLOAD IS REPORTEDLY SOME TYPE OF FUEL AIR EXPLOSIVE
(FAE) TO BE ACTIVATED WITH AN ALTIMETER DEVICE.
5.
~REL
CAN) THE SHIP CARRYING THE COLIBRI IS A FREIGHTER
OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN WHICH LEFT A MIDDLE EASTERN PORT ABOUT TWO
WEEKS AGO.
THE SHIP .WAS TO RONDEZVOUS WITH AN UNSPECIFIED
PERSON /AGENT OFF THE NORFOLK, VA COAST ON 4 AUGUST.
IT IS
BELIEVED THIS LINK UP WILL ~ROVZDE THE FZNAL TARGETZNG
ZNFORMATION TO BE PREPROGRAMMED INTO THE UAV.
DUE TO HEAVY
MERCHANT SHZPPZNG ZNTO THZS AREA COAST GUARD AND US NAVY
ASSETS HAVE HAD DZFFZCOLTY ZDENTZFYZNG THE POTENTIAL
FREIGHTER.
6. (U) COLIBRI

SPECZFZCATIONS:

A. (U) D~SZONS
Aircraft
Length 4.25 m
Height 1.70 m
FUselage
Length 4.25 m
Diameter Unknown
Wing
Span 5.90 m
Area Unknown

Aspect ratio 1.75
SWeepback, leading edge 18 deg
Dihedral Unknown
B. (U) PROPULSION
No. of propellers 1
No.·of blades 2
Diameter Unknown
pitch Unknown
Configuration Pusher-prop
performance
Power 55.9 kW (75 hp)
Brake specific fuel consumption

Unknown.

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C •.(U) WEIGHTS
Airframe·
Empty 138 kg
Maximum takeoff 280 kg
Maxfmum payload 70 kg
Max~
fuel 72 kg
D. (U) AVIONICS
Aircraft
Communications
Data link Unknown
Navigation
Computer Unknown
Doppler radar unknown
Radar alt~eter
unknown
Autopilot unknown
Radio navigation system Unknown
Payload
Reconnaissance
Daylight-only TV unknown
IR sensor unknown
Radiation detection Unknown
Chemical detection Unknown
E.

(U)

PERFORMANCE
Takeoff conditions
FUel (kg) 72
Payload (kg) 70
Gross takeoff weight
Wing loading (kg/m2

(kg) 280
) Unknown

Mission data
Range Maximum (preprogra:mmed) (NM) 700
Operational radius (w/data link limited
(NM) 100

to LOS)

Mission t~e
Time on station (hr) Unknown
Maximum endurance (hr) 8
Ceilings
Operational (m) 50-3,500
Service (m) 3,500

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Speed
Maximum (kn) 135
Cruise
(kn) Unknown
Loiter
(kn) Unknown
Stall
(kn) unknown
Sealevel
(kn) Unknown
Rate of climb
Sea level

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(m/sec)

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Unknown

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