Iran announces mass production of bomb-carrying drones
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Iran announces mass production of bomb-carrying drones

Defense minister inaugurates factory for building UAVs that are to be supplied to Revolutionary Guard Corps

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Screen capture from video showing Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, left, during the opening of a production line to produce Iran's Mohajer 6 drone, in Tehran, February 5, 2018. (YouTube)
Screen capture from video showing Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, left, during the opening of a production line to produce Iran's Mohajer 6 drone, in Tehran, February 5, 2018. (YouTube)

Iran on Monday opened a production line to build attack drones that it said can carry smart munitions and strike a variety of targets, Iranian media reported.

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami opened the facility in Tehran that will reportedly manufacture Iran’s Mohajer 6 unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV.

The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ ground forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, was also at the event.

Hatami boasted that the drone can carry Iran’s home-produced Qaem smart bombs and that it has various electro-optical sensors for acquiring stationary and moving targets during night- and daytime operations.

Screen capture from video of Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami,left, with Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour at the opening of a drone production line, in Tehran, February 5, 2018. (YouTube)

The drone, he said, can also carry out long-range reconnaissance and combat missions as well as use short runways for takeoff and landing, Iranian state Press TV reported. It will be supplied to the Revolution Guard Corps.

Hatami did not specify how far the drones can fly.

In September 2017 Israel shot down what was believed to be an Iranian-manufactured drone operated by the Hezbollah terror group as it flew into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights. The UAV was hit with a Patriot missile.

In 2015, Press TV quoted IRGC second-in-command Brigadier General Hossein Salami as saying the country had developed UAVs that can fly 3,000 kilometers) 1,860 miles), a distance that would put Israel in range.

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