A high-ranking Iranian commander says the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has stationed drones around the Strait of Hormuz in the south of the country.
IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said on Saturday that the IRGC has deployed its drones in bases around the strategic area, reports Press TV.
“We have established drone bases in the east, west and north of the Strait of Hormuz, conducting constant flights over the area as well as in the north of the Persian Gulf,” he added.
The commander said that the IRGC uses different types of drones for “surveillance, reconnaissance and operation” missions.
Fadavi added that IRGC drones are equipped with the same type of cruise missiles which are mounted on vessels or stationed in the coastal areas.
“We have now anti-warship missiles on our vessels, on the coast and on helicopters. Therefore, we can mount medium-range missiles which can meet most of our needs, on our drones, and this is now underway,” he added.
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment, including drones.
The country has so far built different types of drones, including Karrar, Shahed, Fotros and Yasir.
The Islamic Republic has also conducted several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.
Iran says its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.