Iran produces new drone: IRGC chief

Updated: 2012-09-17 17:09


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TEHRAN - Iranian Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said that Iran has produced an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with 24-hour nonstop flight capability, Press TV reported on Monday.

"Shahed 129, which can carry out combat and reconnaissance missions with its 24-hour nonstop flight capability, is IRGC's latest achievement in this field," IRGC Chief Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Armed with missiles, which are also designed by the IRGC, the pilotless aircraft can target long-distance targets, said Jafari.

According to the report, Iran unveiled its first indigenous long-range drone, named Karrar, in August 2010. The aircraft is capable of carrying a military payload of rockets to carry out bombing missions against ground targets, flying long distances at a very high speed, and gathering information.