Iran to Use New Drone in Air Defense, Bombing Missions

A senior Iranian military commander said that the country’s newly unveiled Haazem (Determination) drones are multi-purpose and multi-range vehicles with air-defense, reconnaissance and aerial bombardment capabilities.

Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli stressed that Iran’s defense industries enjoy a high capability in designing and producing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and stated that Haazem is a drone designed and manufactured by Iranian air defense experts in three short, mid and long range models and for air defense missions.

He said that the drone can be used as a target for air defense systems and also for reconnaissance missions.

Esmayeeli said the UAV can also be equipped with missiles and used for aerial bombardments as well.

Last month, Iran announced that it has started using UAVs for its air defense units as part of its broader plans for strengthening the country’s air defense capability.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion of the National Day of Air Defense here in Tehran on September 3, Esmayeeli said Iran has equipped its air defense units with Haazem drones.

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