‌Iran Unveils New Home-Made Drone also 4 New Home-Made Helicopters

‌Iran Unveils New Home-Made Drone also 4 New Home-Made Helicopters
Wed Nov 19, 2014 09:13:43

Iran on Tuesday unveiled a newly-developed drone named 'Ababil 3' which is capable of flying a maximum altitude of 15,000 ft.‌ Also Four new home-made helicopters were unveiled in the 7th International Air and Aviation Industries exhibition on Kish Island on Tuesday in the presence of the Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari.‌

The drone was unveiled in a ceremony in the 4-day 7th International Air and Aviation Industries exhibition which started on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf.

The new drone can fly for 8 hours non-stop and has a composite body and can take and send real-time images to the ground control stations or any other platform.

In September, Iran unveiled another new home-made drone named 'Sadeq 1' during the military parades at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, South of the capital.

Sadeq 1 flies at a maximum altitude of 25,000 ft at supersonic speeds. The Iran-made drone has been manufactured for testing radar and electronic systems and training assessments.

Iran has recently made giant advancements in aerospace industries, specially in designing and manufacturing pilotless drones.

In September 2012, Iran announced that it had started using UAVs in its air defense units as part of its broader plans for strengthening the country's air defense capability.

In December 2013, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was capable of mounting guided missiles and bombs on its drones.

“We have recently acquired the capability to mount guided and precision-targeting missiles with pinpointing capability and bombs on drones, which is actually among branches of advanced hi-tech in this field,” Jafari told reporters in Tehran in December.

He referred to Iran’s latest achievements in building drones, and said, “Our latest achievement in this regard is a drone which can fly for 30 hours and high-speed engines can increase its range.”

Also in November 2013, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced that Iran's new drone enjoys unique strategic capabilities, including 30-hour-long flight durability, and had been developed for combat and surveillance missions.