Iranian researchers have produced an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can be used for a number of civilian applications.
Project manager, Mostafa Shojaei, said the aircraft, developed by Iranian technicians at the Bardsir Branch of the Islamic Azad University, is totally controlled by computers installed into the UAV, and is not under the remote control of a pilot on the ground.
He added that the UAV is capable of taking photos and transmitting films of whatever it flies over.
The aircraft can also be used to perform geophysical surveys, improve weather forecasts, and generate digital topographic maps of target sites, Shojaei pointed out.
He concluded by saying that the radar-evading Iranian aircraft, which can stay floating in the air without moving, has a wingspan of two meters and weighs 5.4 kilograms.
The drone can cruise at 80 kilometers per hour at an altitude of 1,000 meters above the ground.