Iran Claims To Have Acquired 3 Combat Capable UAVs With 930mi Range
The Iranian armed forces have acquired three bomb-carrying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) with a range of 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) according to a statement by Defense Minister Amir Hatami on state television on Saturday.
The UAVs could monitor “enemy movements from a considerable distance” and are capable of combat missions, he said at the delivery ceremony in Tehran broadcast on TV.
The UAVs are equipped with bombs and missiles, and they can fly at an altitude of up to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), he said, without indicating the name of the new drones.
The UAVs were manufactured by Iran’s military industry with the participation of local universities, he said.
UAVs are a key element in Iran’s border surveillance, especially the Gulf waters around the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-fifth of the world’s oil supply flows.