Iran un­veils deadly sui­cide drone

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IRAN’S Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards said yes­ter­day that they had de­vel­oped a “sui­cide drone” ca­pa­ble of delivering ex­plo­sives to blow up tar­gets at sea and on land.

The new drone is pri­mar­ily for mar­itime sur­veil­lance and “has not been de­signed to be armed with mis­siles”, the Tas­nim news agency, which is close to the Guards, re­ported.

“[But] it can carry heavy pay­loads of ex­plo­sives for com­bat mis­sions and sui­cide at­tacks.

“Fly­ing at a high cruis­ing speed near the sur­face of the wa­ter, the air­craft can col­lide with the tar­get and de­stroy it, ei­ther a ves­sel or an on­shore com­mand cen­tre.”

Tas­nim said the drone was de­signed to fly as low as 2 feet (0.5 me­tres) above the wa­ter at a speed of around 250 kilo­me­tres (160 miles) per hour but could reach an al­ti­tude of 900 me­tres (3000 feet).

“It has an ad­vanced mil­i­tary cam­era with the ca­pa­bil­ity of being used at night,” Tas­nim said.

Ear­lier this month, the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards claimed to have pro­duced a new at­tack drone, the Saegheh ( Thun­der­bolt), by re­verseengi­neer­ing a US Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency RQ-170 Sen­tinel drone that was cap­tured in De­cem­ber 2011.

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