Iran researchers produce new unmanned aerial vehicle
Iran has unveiled a new domestically designed and manufactured unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can be used for a number of civilian and military purposes, Press TV reported.
The project manager, Seyyed Mohammad Mavaei, said the aircraft, developed by Iranian students and academics from Kermanshah University of Technology in western Iran, has an exceptional degree of autonomy and flight endurance.
The drone can be used in surveillance, imaging and defense industries, Mavaei said.
On September 28, the Iranian Army Ground Forces unveiled a domestically designed and built combat drone, dubbed Yasir, in a ceremony attended by senior military officials.
The drone can fly at an altitude of 15000 feet, has a flight endurance of eight hours and effective operational radius of 200 kilometers.
Iran unveiled its first domestically manufactured long-range combat drone, the Karrar (Striker), on August 23, 2010. It reportedly has a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and can carry two 115-kilogram bombs or precision-guided munitions weighing 227 kilograms.
The first Iranian medium-altitude long-endurance UAV, the Shahed-129 (Witness-129), was unveiled in September 2012, which is capable of carrying out combat and reconnaissance missions for 24 hours.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to other countries since the Islamic Republic's defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.