The Iranian Danesh Bonyan company has designed and built an engine for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Project Chief Yousif Aboutalibi told the ISNA news agency today.
"Activities to develop the engine have been underway for three years," he said. "After a great deal of research, we have produced a 25-horsepower UAV engine."
He added that the United States, Germany and the UK are the only countries to have applied similar technologies. Iran is the fourth country in the world to develop such an engine, he said.
"The engine's peculiarity lies in its small mass," Aboutalibi said. "It weighs only seven kilograms."
He added that the engine is also very durable.
"The inside of the engine is covered with ceramics, which makes it durable," Aboutalibi noted.
He claimed that the engine is technologically on par with its foreign analogues, but costs less than half the price at $6,000.