|Israeli drone was tracked for 43 minutes before being downed: Iranian general||
TEHRAN – An Israeli drone that intruded into Iranian airspace was tracked for 43 minutes before being shot down in a 2-minute operation, Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Commander Brigadier General Amir Farzad Esmaeili said on Thursday.
The drone was downed by the Islamic Republic Guard Corps on Sunday. The IRGC said the Israeli spy drone was shot with a surface-to-air missile.
The Israeli-made Hermes drone was heading toward the Natanz nuclear facility in the central Iranian province of Isfahan.
Success in designing and manufacturing reconnaissance radars
Brigadier General Esmaeili also said despite sanctions imposed against the country, the Iranian air defense units have achieved great successes in designing and manufacturing reconnaissance radars in recent years, becoming one of the few countries who have such capabilities.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the commander announced that the Islamic Republic has successfully test-fired indigenously designed and manufactured Talaash 3 (Persian for endeavor) missile defense system.
Talaash 3, which has a range of more than 200 kilometers, has successfully been put to test and would be unveiled on September 22. Esmaili said, adding the country’s air defense range will be expanded from 3,600 spots to 5,000 in the near future.
Over the past years, Iran has attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.
On August 24, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled two marine cruise missiles, Ghadir and Nasr-e Basir, as well as two unmanned aerial vehicles, Karrar-4 and Mohajer-4, during a ceremony in Tehran.
The Islamic Republic has so far designed and manufactured a variety of indigenous missiles, including Sayyad-2, Khalij-e-Fars (Persian Gulf), Mehrab (Altar), Ra’d (Thunder), Qader (Mighty), Nour (Light) and Zafar (Triumph).
Iran unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range combat drone, the Karrar (Striker), on August 23, 2010. Since then the country has manufactured a variety of other high-tech surveillance and combat unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured its neighbors that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.
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