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Iranian Army Expands Drone Fleet

Sputnik News

13:39 02.03.2015(updated 13:48 02.03.2015)

Iranian armed forces are creating an increasing number of drone units.

The Commander of the Air Force's drone squadron reported on Sunday their intentions to increase the amount of home-made drones in the next five years and to start planning missions for long-range drones.

'We are also after increasing the flight duration of drones and their armaments and electronic war systems for possible asymmetric wars,' he said.

According to senior Iranian officials, the Air Force has made considerable progress in training drone operators and establishing drone bases. Moreover, the number of drone flights was increased 800 times in comparison with the last year.

Iran, the US, China, Russia and Israel are the five main producers of drones in the world.

Over the last years Iran has made a number of sizeable achievements in its defense sector and reached self-reliance in manufacturing significant military equipment and systems, including different kinds of home-made drones.

The country has already unveiled various domestically produced drones, including "Ababil 3", "Sadeq 1" "Fotros"," Hazem", "Karrar", "Zohal."


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