IRGC's combat drone Gaza successfully passes flight tests, becomes fully operational
Iran Press TV
Monday, 18 April 2022 2:19 PM
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s new combat drone, called Gaza, has successfully passed flight tests and the unmanned aerial vehicle is now fully operational.
The super heavy combat drone, which was unveiled in May last year, has a 21-meter wingspan and a 3,100-kilogram takeoff mass, and is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg, according to a Monday report by Tasnim News Agency.
The flight duration of the Gaza drone is 35 hours. It can soar to an altitude of about 10,668 meters, equivalent to 35,000 feet, and has a flight speed of 350 km per hour.
"Operational tests of this drone have been conducted, it is fully operational, and can be used in a variety of reconnaissance and combat missions," the report noted.
In addition to military and defense applications, the Gaza drone can also carry out missions in monitoring forests, rescue operations and providing assistance in natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.
Last month, the IRGC unveiled one of its new kamikaze drones, dubbed Me'raj 504, which is specialized in attacking enemy's defense systems.
The unmanned aerial vehicle has been designed and produced by the IRGC's Ground Force and is capable of carrying a 2.5kg explosive payload over 100 kilometers. It uses a reciprocating engine for propulsion.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in indigenously developing and manufacturing a broad range of equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has repeatedly called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran's defense capabilities, hitting back at the enemies for disputing the country's missile program.
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