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Top Commander: Iranian Ground Force Using Drones for Missions in Remote Areas

17 September 2016 13:43

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Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmadreza Pourdastan underlined the high capabilities of Iran-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and said his forces are using drones for conducting missions in remote regions.

“When the Ground Force wants to make any activity in remote areas, it prepares its drones for that mission,” Pourdastan said, addressing army commanders and personnel in Tehran on Saturday.

He underscored the necessity for the further enhancement of the capabilities of the Iran-made drones to be used in sensitive situations, and said, “Today, the drones are the discerning eyes and long arms of the Ground Force and they have been able to act successfully in their missions and in wargames.”

In relevant remarks in June, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced IRGC’s plans to increase drone missions in its naval operations.

“Drones comprise the fifth pillar of the IRGC Navy considering their combat and operational power,” Fadavi said after visiting the IRGC Navy’s Drone Command Center.

“Drones can find their place within the framework of the IRGC Navy’s definitions of naval power which are different from the normal definitions in the world,” he added.

The IRGC Aerospace force enjoys high capabilities and has taken wide strides in building different home-made aircraft, including drones.

The Islamic Republic has so far unveiled various domestically produced drones, including Ababil, Fotros, Hazem, Karrar (long range attack drone), Mohajer, Sarir, Shahed 129, Yasir and Zohal.

IRGC Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami said last year that the IRGC has developed a drone technology which has empowered its radar-evading pilotless aircraft to fly 3,000km nonstop for reconnaissance and combat missions.

Iran in August unveiled a new home-made drone which is capable of jamming the enemies’ communication systems.

The drone was displayed in an exhibition of the Iranian Ground Force’s latest achievements in Tehran. General Pourdastan had visited the exhibition.

In addition to the drone, other UAVs with the capability of taking images and footages and jamming enemy drones’ camera and surveillance systems as well as a drone equipped with destructive laser weapons were unveiled in the exhibition.

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