Iran Claims to be Testing Latest Drone

November 5, 2012  

Iranian experts have succeeded in building a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone which will be unveiled in the coming months, the Mehr news agency reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the new drone will be unveiled during the festivities marking the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in mid-winter.

Abbas Jam, the lead researcher in the team that developed the drone, told Mehr that the drone does not require runways at all and can take off and land vertically.

“The drone is soundless and does not need runway for take-off,” Jam added.

Last month, Israel shot down an Iranian-made drone that penetrated Israel’s airspace. Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah later boasted that his group sent the unmanned drone over Israel. The group’s Al-Manar television network also broadcast a video which the network claimed simulates the route made by the unmanned drone.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi subsequently confirmed that Iran had provided Hizbullah with the drone, claiming his country’s “capabilities are very high and are at the disposal and service of Islamic nations.”

Last week Vahidi said that the drone was not Iran’s most advanced unmanned aerial vehicle.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran currently has unmanned aerial vehicles with a technology by far more advanced than [that of] the drone recently flown by the resistance movement of Hizbullah in the Zionist regime’s airspace,” Vahidi said, adding that the technology of Hizbullah’s Iranian-made drone was not definitely “Iran’s latest technology.”

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