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Iran unveils latest home-made drone, helicopter

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Kish, Hormuzgan Prov., Nov 18, IRNA -- Irans first home-made drone Ababil and four-seat helicopter, Sorena were unveiled at the 7th International Air and Aviation Industries Exhibition on Kish Island on Tuesday.

The two products were unveiled in the presence of Managing Director of Kish Free Trade Zone Mr. Munesian, Head of the Civil Aviation Organization Mr. Jahangirian and Managing Director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization Manoochehr Manteqi.

Sorena is a 4-seat helicopter with a 300 HP power engine and has a flight speed of 160km.

The helicopter is used for patrolling and training missions.

The four-day 7th International Air and Aviation Industries exhibition kicked off on Kish Island on November 18.

Meanwhile, The Ababil 3 is Irans latest domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which can be used in reconnaissance operations.

It has a flight duration of eight hours and effective operational radius of 250 kilometers.

The UAV can fly at an altitude of 15,000 feet and transmit images simultaneously to ground control stations or any other platforms.

In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

Last week, Iran put into operation a final version of the sophisticated US RQ-170 stealth aircraft, which was downed with minimal damage by the Iranian Armed Forces' electronic warfare unit in December, 2011, while flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 225 kilometers (140 miles) from the Afghan border.

The domestically produced version of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made a successful maiden flight a few days ago the footage of which has just been released.

Iran unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range combat drone, the Karrar (Striker), on August 23, 2010. Since then the country has manufactured a variety of other high-tech surveillance and combat unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other countries since its defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.

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