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Iran unveils Shahed 129 unmanned aerial vehicle

09/25/12 Source: Press TV

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has unveiled a new indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with 24-hour nonstop flight capability.

Iranian bomber drone Karrar (file photo)

The new drone, called Shahed 129, can carry out combat and reconnaissance missions with its 24-hour nonstop flight capability.

The home-made aircraft is capable of hitting targets at a distance of 1,700-2,000 kilometers.

It can be equipped with electronic and communication systems including cameras which can capture and send live images.

Iranian military officials have said that Shahed 129 drone can increase Iran's surveillance capabilities in border areas, the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

Earlier on Monday, IRGC successfully test-fired the country's latest domestically-manufactured anti-aircraft missile system.

The mid-range missile system, called Ra'd, is equipped with Taer 2 missiles and can intercept targets at a range of 50 kilometers and fly at an altitude of 75,000 feet.

Ra'd (thunder) anti-aircraft missile system

The indigenous system has been manufactured to confront advanced US jet fighters.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems, proving that the US-led illegal sanctions on the Iranian military industry have been ineffective.

Iran has repeatedly stated that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

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