JNN 21 Nov 2013 TEHRAN – Iran has unveiled a new home-made “Fotros” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with a range of more than 2,000 kilometers.Iran unveiled its largest domestically manufactured unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a ceremony held in Tehran on Monday attended by Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.
The UAV, named the Fotros, which has been designed and manufactured by experts at Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Company affiliated with the Aviation Industries Organization of the Defense Ministry, has an operational range of 2,000 kilometers and flight endurance of up to 30 hours, and can fly at an altitude of up to 25,000 feet ,which would enable it to cover much of the Middle East, including Israel.
In the ceremony, the defense minister said that the Fotros drone could be used for reconnaissance and surveillance operations and had the potential to carry out combat operations if equipped with air-to-ground missiles and other types of rockets.
He also said that aircraft had successfully undergone various tests.
The Islamic Republic’s Defence Minister said the unmanned aircraft could carry out reconnaissance missions or launch missile strikes.
Hossein Dehghan said sanctions imposed by “enemies” would not stop progress.
In addition, he said that the Defense Ministry had achieved self-sufficiency in designing and manufacturing various types of offensive, defensive, and reconnaissance drones.
In September, the Iranian Army unveiled its newest domestically manufactured unmanned aerial vehicle, named the Yasir.
The Yasir UAV, which has been designed and manufactured by competent Iranian experts, has a range of 200 kilometers and is capable of flying nonstop for 8 hours.
The drone is equipped with advanced cameras enabling it to efficiently conduct surveillance missions.
Iran’s first domestically manufactured long-range UAV, named the Karrar, was successfully tested in August 2010. The aircraft’s ability to fly at high altitudes is its significant feature.
While the US use of drones for intelligence gathering and missile strikes as part of its war on terror has been widely reported, many other countries – including China – now have unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Sanctions have been imposed on Iran because of its Persistence of uranium enrichment , which it declares that it is their right to achieve the Nuclear Technology for their energy Sector.
Western nations fear the country is developing a nuclear weapons programme; Iran maintains that its nuclear research is purely for peaceful purposes.
Iran’s programme underscores the fact that drone technology is proliferating rapidly.
Once largely the preserve of the US and Israel, UAVs are now spreading around the world.
However drones have largely been used in clear skies against enemies with limited air defences.
When fighting broke out between Georgia and Russian forces in 2008 Georgia’s Israeli-supplied drones were quickly shot out of the sky, suggesting a rather more cautious assessment is needed concerning the long-term utility of such systems.
The UAV can also be equipped with missiles and used for aerial bombardments as well.
Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.