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Iran to Build New Unmanned, Radar-Evading Bomber

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran is due to build a new model of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by the end of September, a senior Iranian army commander announced on Sunday.

"The new drone built on a one-seventh scale will be built before the Sacred Defense Week (anniversary of the beginning of Iran's sacred defense against an 8-year-long war imposed by Iraq from 1980 to 1988) and will be put to new tests," Iranian Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi told reporters here in Tehran.

The virtual model of the drone will be presented to the Defense Ministry after different tests in future, Shahsafi added.

He explained that the virtual size of the model UAV which has passed preliminary tests successfully in Tehran last month will be manufactured for reconnaissance missions but can also bomb targets and evade radars.

Also earlier this month, the Iranian Air Force produced a new training fighter jet named 'Kosar' which is a joint production of the Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces' Aviation Industries.

Iran successfully tested a home-made radar-evading Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with bombing capabilities in June. Also last year, the country's Defense Industries launched the production lines of two well-known home-made fighter jets, namely Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) and Azarakhsh (Lightening).

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