News ID: 262640
Published: 0401 GMT December 07, 2019

Navy unveils homegrown drone

Navy unveils homegrown drone

Iran’s Navy unveiled a homegrown combat drone on Saturday.

The unmanned aerial vehicle, dubbed Simorgh, was unveiled at a ceremony in the southeastern coastal city of Konarak, attended by Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, Tasnim News Agency reported.

With a flight endurance of 24 hours, the drone can be used for combat, reconnaissance and tactical operations, and electronic warfare.

Simorgh has a range of 1,500 kilometers and a service ceiling of 25,000 feet. It is the naval version of Shahed-129, a powerful combat drone that was mass-produced in 2013.

Shahed-129 is now in service in the fight against drug traffickers and terrorists, patrol and reconnaissance missions along the territorial and sea borders, environmental operations, and for taking aerial images.

The combat version of Shahed-129 can carry a payload of eight bombs or smart missiles and is designed to hit both fixed and mobile targets.


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