TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s latest home-made combat drone, ‘Yasir’, enjoys a radar-evading capability and a 360-degree imaging system, Commander of the Iranian Ground Force’s Vali-e Asr Drone Group Colonel Reza Khaki announced on Wednesday.
“Yasir plane was designed for air reconnaissance operations given its dimensions, the type of its structure, body and the type of loads it carries,” Khaki told FNA on Wednesday.
Elaborating on the specifications of the drone, he said that Yasir can fly for 7 to 10 hours, do 360-degree imaging and take off from any place and land in any place; it enjoys a mobile portable system; its remote control system can be installed on a tripod or a vehicle to move from one place to another place; its Maximum Operating Altitude is between 11,000 to 15,000 feet; and is radar-evading due to its aerodynamic design, the special substances used in its body and its small dimensions.
Asked if the drone enjoys a black box, Khaki said, “The ground control station acts a black box and it monitors the plane from the moment it takes off till it lands and saves its information.”
The Iranian Ground Force unveiled the country’s latest home-made combat drone named ‘Yasir’ on Saturday.
The drone was unveiled in a ceremony attended by Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan.
Elaborating on the capabilities and specifications of Yasir drone, Pourdastan said, “One of the capabilities of Yasir is detection and targeting of remote targets.”
He said that the drone is equipped with the most advanced reconnaissance systems.
Iran has recently made giant advancements in aerospace industries, specially 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 here 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.
The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor.
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