|Iran mass-producing new combat drone||
TEHRAN – Iran has started mass-producing a long-range unmanned aerial vehicle, named the Shahed 129 (Observer 129), the public relations department of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced on Friday.
The IRGC had announced on September 26, 2012 that the domestically designed Shahed 129 UAV had become operational.
The Shahed 129 has a range of 1700-2000 kilometers and is capable of flying nonstop for 24 hours.
The UAV, which is equipped with bombs and missiles, is capable of carrying out reconnaissance and combat missions.
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Aerospace Force of the IRGC, said on Friday that a large number of Shahed 129 drones would be used in the near future to help maintain the security of the country’s border areas.
IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari also said on the same day that Shahed 129 was the country’s most strategic domestically manufactured UAV.
IRGC officials had previously said that the aircraft would enable Iran to expand its intelligence supremacy over the country’s border areas, the Persian Gulf, and the Sea of Oman and deal more effectively with terrorists and smugglers operating across border areas.
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