TEHRAN: Iran’s army yesterday unveiled a highly mobile propellant-powered reconnaissance drone, according to local media.
The drone, named “Yasseer,” can fly for eight hours with a range of 200km and reach an altitude of 4,500m, the reports said.
It resembles the American ScanEagle, an unmanned short-range aerial surveillance vehicle that Iran claimed to have captured in late 2012. However, Iranian officials did not mention the US drone yesterday.
“Yasseer is capable of identifying targets... with its very powerful camera, and reporting them back to the base,” the chief of army ground forces General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan was quoted as saying at the unveiling ceremony.
According to photos provided to Iranian media, the drone is launched from a wedge catapult, enhancing its mobility. The reports did not provide further details.
Pourdastan also spoke of another newly produced kamikaze drone—called Ra’ad 85 -- which he said was capable of identifying targets and attacking them.
Iran in recent years has boasted of capturing US drones it says have penetrated its airspace, vowing to reverse engineer them to make its own. AFP