The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has reported that it is already testing a new model of “suicide drone” with the capacity to transport 50 kilograms of explosive and a range of 450 kilometers.
The head of the Jihad Organization for Research and the Autonomy of the Ground Forces of the Revolutionary Guard, General Ali Kuheztani, explained in statements to the agency tasnim that the new vehicle, called Merach-532 “It has been successfully tested.”
This new Iranian-made drone It is equipped with an internal combustion engine capable of covering a distance of 450 kilometers one wayKuheztani explained.
The drone is designed to be able to take off from a vehicle, It has an operating ceiling of 3,600 meters and an autonomy of three hours, which also allows it to hit targets with great precision, the general stressed.
The Meraj-532 can also be disassembled and assembled quickly and easily making it an option for quick reaction operations.
Iranian announcement sparks alarm in international community over record of exporting drones to Russia. In fact, the supply has prompted a series of new sanctions against the republic from countries including the United States, Australia and the European Union.
Until now they were known Mohajer-6which have a range of about 200 kilometers and carry two missiles under each wing and the Shahed (“witness” in Persian) explosive drones, massively exported to Russia for use in the illegal invasion of Ukraine.
He shahed 129carries a load of about 60 kilograms and can remain in flight for about four hours, while the shahed 191 it can fly five hours, loaded with 70 kilograms.
The Iranian Shahed, which Russia has renamed Geran-2, it has an explosive charge and can hover over its targets before attacking. They can be launched in rapid succession from platforms and their distinctive A-shaped design makes them easy to identify.
The Ukrainian Army claims it has shot down hundreds of these Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones. Russia is believed to have ordered about 2,400 drones of this model.
Drones have also become a key weapon for Iran’s proxies in the region, such as Yemen’s Houthiswhich have used drone strikes not only against national targets, but also against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Although Iranian officials have been known to make claims about military capabilities that cannot be independently verified, analysts at the US-based Defense Intelligence Agency outlined how Iran had gone from being a regional drone player in the Middle East. Medium to become Moscow’s most important military backer in the war.
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