Iran unveils deadly suicide drone
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.