Iran unveils domestically built drone with rockets

Fotros drone

Newscast Media TEHRAN—Iran unveiled on Monday a new type of home-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with modern strategic capabilities, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.

The new drone, ‘Fotros’, is the biggest unmanned strategic plane in the country that enjoys special capabilities. The drone which has been built by the Defense Ministry’s Air Industries can fly for more than 2,000km non-stop.

Fotros was unveiled in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan in Tehran minutes ago.

“This drone is able to carry out reconnaissance missions and carry air-to-surface rockets for combat operations,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Dehghan as saying.

Iran has recently made giant advancements in aerospace industries, especially in designing and manufacturing pilotless drones. In September 2012, 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 in Tehran on September 3, 2012, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said Iran has equipped its air defense units with Haazem drones. 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.

The drone can be used as a target for air defense systems and also for reconnaissance missions. The UAV can also be equipped with missiles and used for aerial bombardments as well.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hussein Dehqan announced on Monday that the new drone enjoys unique strategic capabilities, including 30-hour-long flight durability, and has been developed for combat and surveillance missions.

Source: Al Manar TV

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