Iran can export UAVs to other countries: Official

Iran unveiled its largest indigenous strategic drone dubbed Fotros on November 18, 2013.

A senior Iranian aviation official says the Islamic Republic can export indigenously designed and manufactured unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to other countries and can customize them to meet the demands of the purchasing states.

On Wednesday, Managing Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Manouchehr Manteqi said all parts of Iranian UAVs are built inside the country, adding, “We have the capability to…deliver drones to any country in conformity with the missions that every country pursues,” he pointed out.

Manteqi further noted that UAVs can be also used for non-military applications, including monitoring oil and gas pipelines, forestry services, firefighting and aerial mapping of environmental pollution.

On November 18, 2013, Iran unveiled its biggest indigenously developed drone, which can be used for reconnaissance and combat operations.

The remote-controlled aircraft, dubbed Fotros, has an operational radius of up to 2,000 kilometers, an operational altitude of 25,000 feet and a flight endurance of up to 30 hours.

Iran unveiled its first indigenously manufactured long-range combat drone, Karrar, on August 23, 2010. It has an operational radius of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and can carry two 115-kilogram bombs or precision-guided munitions weighing 227 kilograms.

The first Iranian medium-altitude long-endurance UAV, Shahed-129 (Witness-129), was unveiled in September 2012, which is capable of carrying out combat and reconnaissance missions for 24 hours.

By Press TV


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