Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Iran's Increased Strike and Surveillance Capabilities in the Middle East with Unveiling of Latest Drone

 By Yusni Yussof

Iran has unveiled the Fotros, deemed to be the state’s largest unmanned strategic plane to date. The drone boasts of having an operational range of 2,000 kilometres and capable of flying at an altitude of 25,000 feet, with a flight time of 16 to 30 hours. Furthermore, the drone can be equipped with air-to-surface missiles, enabling it to conduct military missions. The drone’s capability will enable it cover much of the Middle East, including Israel. 

According to Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, the drone has been successfully tested in the most specialized centres under international standards.  He asserted that the drone is a key strategic addition to Iran’s military capabilities ; manufactured and produced by Iran’s experts although currently the state is slapped with sanctions.

The Fotros signifies Iran’s increased strike and surveillance capabilities in the region, and certainly will draw more attention and scrutiny as well as suspicion towards the state’s overall military capabilities by its allies and enemies.  Taken at face value, this latest achievement is another addition to Iran’s military self-sufficiency program that has been conducted since 1980s. Iran has been announcing military technological breakthroughs comprise of jet fighters, submarines, tanks, missiles, torpedoes and drones.

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