Combat capable drones for Iran

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Iranian armed forces acquired three bomb-carrying drones with a range of 1 500 kilometres, Defence Minister Amir Hatami said.

The drones can monitor “enemy movements from a considerable distance” and are capable of combat missions, he said at the delivery ceremony in Tehran broadcast on TV.

The aircraft are equipped with bombs and missiles and can fly at up to 45 000 feet he said, without naming the UAVs.

The drones were manufactured by Iran’s military industry with participation from local universities, he said.

Drones are a key element in Iran’s border surveillance, especially the Gulf around the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20% of the world’s oil supply moves.

Tensions between Iran and the US reached the highest levels in decades after the US killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad in January, prompting Iran to fire missiles at bases in Iraq where US troops are stationed.