TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced
the country's plans to unveil the first home-made long-range Unmanned Aerial
Vehicle (UAV) on August 22.
An Iranian drone (file photo)
"The long-range UAV named as 'Karrar' will be unveiled on this day," Vahidi
said in a press conference here in Tehran on Tuesday.
He also reiterated that the Defense Ministry also plans to unveil two new
ground-to-ground missiles and two new home-made vessels equipped with missile
and rocket launchers on the national 'Day of Defense Industry' on August 22.
Iran in early February inaugurated the production line of two home-made UAVs
with bombing and reconnaissance capabilities.
The two hi-tech drones named 'Ra'd' (Thunder) and 'Nazir' (Harbinger) are
capable of conducting long-range reconnaissance, patrolling, assault and bombing
missions with high precision.
Ra'd which is a UAV of choice for assault and bombing missions has the
capability to destroy the specified targets with high pinpoint precision.
Experts believe that once the UAV enters the scene of aerial missions, it would
enhance the reconnaissance, patrolling and defensive power of the Islamic
Republic of Iran's Armed Force.
Iran has recently made good progress in the air industry and has succeeded in
gaining the technical know-how for producing stealth aircraft and drones.
Iran successfully tested a home-made radar-evading UAV with bombing capabilities
in June 2009. Also in 2008, the country's Defense Industries launched production
lines of two well-known home-made fighter jets, namely Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) and
Iran started construction of a plant in the northern province of Mazandaran in
March 2009 to mass produce various types of UAVs for a wide variety of missions.
Hamed Saeedi, Managing Director of Farnas Aerospace Company in charge of the
project, said that his company has been dealing with designing and manufacturing
UAVs and reconnaissance and pilot training drones for the last 9 years.
"We plan to manufacture UAVs, including unmanned choppers and drones, at this
site" he said, referring to the plant in Mazandaran province.
Regarding specifications of the UAVs to be produced by the plant, Saeedi noted,
"Drones will be of the tactical type, with a short range of 400 to 500 meters
flying altitude which cannot be detected by radio waves as they will be stealth
He singled out detection and control of contraband trafficking on land and in
the sea and assistance in firefighting operations, specially in the woods as
among other advantages of the UAVs to be manufactured in the plant.
Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war
on Iran, to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced
its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.
Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms
programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any
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