On Wednesday, the domestically-manufactured drone fired an air-to-air Azarakhsh (Thunderbolt) missile at the designated aerial target, with a low radar cross-section at a high altitude, and managed to destroy it.
The successful operation took place on the second day of the exercise in the northern province of Semnan, where hundreds of drones belonging to the Army’s Ground, Navy and Air Defense Forces are practicing combat missions.
During the maneuver, the Karrar UAV used a payload of machine gun ammunition to fire rounds at mock aerial targets. The drone also struck targets on the ground, including enemy fortifications, using 500-pound MK 82 bombs.
Also as part of Wednesday’s exercises, the Iranian Army’s Ababil-class drones successfully fired air-to-surface Almas missiles, which precisely hit their specific targets.
Army Deputy Commander for Operations Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi said the drill also focused on using drones to constantly monitor border lines.
“At this stage of the exercise, a number of Army drones successfully carried out reconnaissance operations against fixed and mobile targets along land borders,” he added.
“Today, the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran is able to strongly respond to any enemy aggression and target positions within a range of 2,000 kilometers using a variety of long-range combat drones,” according to the commander.