Defense Ministry plans to supply 1,000 new drones to military
TEHRAN – Iran’s Defense Ministry plans to supply the military with 1,000 unmanned aerial vehicle drones, commonly known as drones, in the near future.
The plan to supply drones to the military was signed on Monday in a “strategic agreement” between the Defense Ministry and the military, Tasnim reported.
The agreement aims to promote the power of drones and equipment carried by unmanned military aircraft.
As part of the first phase of the agreement, the ministry pledged to supply the military with 1,000 drones in a short period of time.
In his comments at the event, the army commander, Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, highlighted the increasing power of drones used by army units, saying that drones are increasingly used in war games for various purposes.
After signing the deal, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami told reporters that Iran is ranked fifth or sixth in the world in terms of drone capacity.
Nowadays, drones play an important role in reconnaissance and combat missions, Hatami said, adding that Iranian military industries have become self-sufficient in manufacturing advanced drones.
In January, the military staged a massive exercise using various local drones for different operations, including air interception, launching air-to-air missiles, detonating ground targets with bombs and missiles with pinpoint accuracy and suicide attacks.
Military officials say military experts have dramatically increased the flight endurance of suicide drones, making drones with an operational range of 4,000 kilometers.
SA / PA