General Vahidi: Iran is a leader in drone manufacturing

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Iran is a leader in drone manufacturing, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said, Fars reported.

General Vahidi spoke about the drones manufacturing during his visit to Meshed, while attending the Aviation Center opening in that city.

Iran made reports earlier that country can and will manufacture its own drones.

Iran's military has the ability to build unmanned aircraft and is in the process of doing so. Country already has several long-range aircraft with high detection capabilities along with several models of invasive drones and is working to produce its own invasive aircraft, Fars News reported earlier citing country's defense minister Ahmad Vahidi as saying.

Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also made statements that the country "is capable of designing its own remote-controlled drones".

Iranian Armed Forces downed the U.S. RG-170 drone on Dec. 4, 140 miles inside the Iranian border from Afghanistan. Later, The Islamic Republic protested the violation of Iran's airspace by a U.S. drone.

U.S president Barack Obama asked Iranian authorities to return the drone back, however Iran has refused to do so.

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