Iran to launch new reconnaissance, combat drone

Iran to launch new reconnaissance, combat drone
Thu May 9, 2013 17:43:18

Iran plans to unveil an indigenous reconnaissance and combat drone, named Hamaseh (Valiance), in the near future.

The new homemade unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will be launched during a ceremony in the presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.


In recent years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.


Iran unveiled its first indigenous long-range drone, Karrar, in August 2010. The aircraft is capable of carrying out bombing missions against ground targets, flying long distances at a high speed, and gathering information.


In September 2012, the country also unveiled the new homemade drone, Shahed 129, with a 24-hour nonstop flight capability.


On December 17, 2012, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said Iran had launched the production line of the ScanEagle drones, adding that the IRGC naval and aerospace divisions were employing the UAVs.

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