Iran to hold its first UAV military drill
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 26
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The Iranian army will hold military exercises of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for the first time in the new future.
The army's ground forces will hold the drill in the Iranian calendar month of Aban(Oct. 23 - Nov. 21), deputy Commander of the Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari said, the country's Tasnim news agency reported Aug. 26.
The exact location of the exercise will be specified soon, Heidari added.
Earlier Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the commander of the Iranian Army Ground Forces said that the UAV military drill will take place in the sky of the central Iranian Qom or Esfahan provinces.
The Iranian media outlets say that the country has achieved great progress in the field of UAV manufacturing.
Iran unveiled its largest yet home-made UAV, titled 'Fotros' on Nov. 18, 2013.
The first Iranian medium-altitude long-endurance UAV, the Shahed-129 was unveiled in September 2012, which is capable of carrying out combat and reconnaissance missions for 24 hours.
Iran started mass production of the "Yasir" UAV in September 2013. Yasir can fly at an altitude of 15,000 ft., be in flight for eight hours, cover the distance of 200 km, and does not need a runway. The UAV is equipped with light powerful modern cameras, and can precisely control the target.
The Yasir UAV can be used for rescue, military operations and for controlling traffic.