A senior Iranian military commander says the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will be unveiling a domestically designed and built combat drone in the near future.
Commander of the IRGC's Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said on Monday that the drone will be displayed in late September when Iran marks Sacred Defense Week, which commemorates the braveries of the Iranian soldiers who fought in the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war.
He further noted that the new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is armed with domestically developed bombs and missiles.
Hajizadeh also referred to self-sufficiency and indigenization of all necessary military equipment as major achievements of the IRGC's Aerospace Division, stressing that the IRGC enjoys a wide array of equipment that are mostly being manufactured at home.
He highlighted “short-, medium-, and long-range missiles as well as solid-fuel and liquid-fuel rockets” as national achievements.
On May 9, Iran unveiled an indigenous reconnaissance and combat drone, dubbed Hamaseh (Epic).
Iran unveiled its first domestically manufactured long-range combat drone, the Karrar (Striker), on August 23, 2010. It reportedly has a range 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, the Shahed-129 (Witness-129), was unveiled in September 2012, which is capable of carrying out combat and reconnaissance missions for 24 hours.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to other countries since the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.