Iran this Sunday incorporated new members into its Armed Forces drones equipped with air-to-air missiles for use on the country’s borders, state media in the Persian country reported.
The new version of the drone “Karrar” count with one range of 1,000 kilometers and is equipped with Majid air-to-air thermal missiles which gives it the ability to intercept and destroy “hostile air targets,” according to the state agency IRNA.
During the presentation ceremony of the new weapons, the commander-in-chief of the Army of the Islamic Republic, General Abdolrahim Mousavistated that the “enemies” of the country must “reconsider” their air-to-air combat strategies after the incorporation of new unmanned vehicles.
The soldier indicated that the drone will be deployed on the country’s borders and will offer a way to “intercept and destroy hostile aerial objects” at a lower cost than using pilot-manned fighter jets.
The new “Karrar”, whose first version was presented in 2010, equipped with the missiles was tested “successfully” during recent maneuvers held in October.
Powerful drone industry
Iran has a powerful drone manufacturing industrywhich it began manufacturing in the 1980s, during its eight-year war against Iraq.
In August, the Persian regime presented a new drone with a range of 2,000 kilometers, flight capacity of 24 hours and the possibility of transporting “all types of ammunition and bombs”. He “Mohajer-10″, which means Migrant, can fly at a maximum speed of 210 kilometers per hour, remain in the air for 24 hours and carry cargo of up to 300 kilograms. In addition, it has “electronic warfare” systems and “intelligence” systems, as indicated by the regime at that time.
Last April, Iran also successfully tested the suicide drone “Me’raj-532″ which can hit targets at a distance of 450 kilometers, at an altitude of 12,000 feet and can fly for three hours.
The development of the Iranian military arsenal worries many countries, in particular USA and Israelstaunch enemies of the Islamic Republic.
The latter accuse Tehran of providing fleets of unmanned aircraft to its allies in the Middle East, in particular to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollahand the rebels Houthis of Yemen.
Iran also supports the Palestinian terrorist group Hamaswhich has been at war with Israel since launching deadly attacks in that country on October 7.
Tehran has been accused by kyiv and its Western allies of providing Russia with Shahed-136/131 kamikaze drones for use in the Ukraine war, a claim Tehran denies.
However, Western governments imposed various rounds of scathing sanctions on Iran over alleged arms sales.
(With information from EFE and AFP)