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Iran Unveils 1st Wide-Body Drone with Jet Engine

31 January 2019 16:34

 Iran on Thursday unveiled its first home-made wide-body drone with a jet engine in an exhibition held by Armed Forces in Tehran.

The Iranian experts have omitted hydraulic system in the plane and replaced it with electromechanical operators.

The drone is able to send information obtained by sensors to the automatic pilot system and uses INS/GPS navigation system. The Iranian-made plane also enjoys capabilities to send high-quality images to the earth.

The J33 engine has also been replaced with J85 engine which is more powerful and displayed more proper operational capabilities.

The Iranian Armed Forces showcased their latest achievements and products, including new drones and weapons, in “Eqtedar 40” exhibition in Tehran on Wednesday.

Iran’s newly developed drone named Kaman 12 with flight durability of 10 hours, 200km speed, operational radius of 1,000km and capability to carry 100kg of cargos was unveiled in the exhibition.

Other achievements displayed in the exhibition include Akhgar missiles mounted on Iranian drones which can hit targets 30km in distance, Qassed 3 cruise missiles carried by F-4 fighters with the capability to destroy targets 100km in distance, air-based Shahin drones with jamming capability which can be mounted on fighter jets, a new version of Shahed 129 drone with the operational range of 2,000km, flight durability of 24 hours and capability to conduct patrolling and reconnaissance operations and destruction of targets with bombs and missiles, RQ-170 drones, Saeqeh-2 drones, which have already been in missions against the Takfiri terrorists and their leaders in Eastern Euphrates region in Syria, with the capability to carry smart bombs, and Mohajer-6 drones, equipped with home-made Qa’em missiles.

Iran has made great achievements in developing drones and missiles after the Islamic Revolution.

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh underlined in November Iran’s major advances in designing and manufacturing different state-of-the-art drones.

“We are even ahead of the top world powers in the drones sector and we are way ahead of them,” General Hajizadeh said, addressing a ceremony in the Northern city of Qazvin.

He described Iran as the top regional power in the sector, saying that the country had been able to develop different types of home-made missiles as well.

“The young Iranian people have managed to put the country at the peak of power with their excellent ideas in the radar, missile and drone sectors,” General Hajizadeh said.

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