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Iranian Ground Force Arms Drones with More Weapons

31 August 2015 18:47



Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced that some updates have been carried out on home-made drones to increase their capability for loading more weapons.

“We have done a special task on the drones which has improved the precision striking, range and flight duration of the Ground Force’s drones; therefore, our drones are can now conduct the needed missions according to the Ground Force’s daily needs,” Pourdastan said on Monday.

“With the help of the Ground Force’s experts, the necessary ground has been prepared in the drone systems to enable them carry heavier loads of weapons and we aim to use these drones in rapid reaction drills to be staged in the current year,” he added.

Pourdastan said that the Ground Force’s drones can be remote-controlled, while they are also equipped with auto-pilot systems and can attack hostile ground and air targets at different levels.

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced the country’s plans to equip its drones with the home-made powerful and high-precision air-based Nasr cruise missile.

Dehqan made the remarks in Tehran, addressing the inauguration ceremony of Nasr missile production line.

“Using the air-based Nasr missile by the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Air Forces will remarkably increase their operational and tactical power,” he said.

He said that the Nasr missile is equipped with a high-precision radar which enables it to trace and intercept targets, adding that after being fired from fighter jets, Nasr doesn’t need any backup and the fighter jet can leave the danger zone immediately.

Noting that the Nasr missile can be mounted on different types of fighter jets, he announced Iran’s future plan to equip its home-made drones with the air-based missile.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.

The country has repeatedly made it clear that its military might is merely based on the state’s defense doctrine of deterrence and that it poses no threat to other countries.

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