1135 GMT June 14, 2021
The Iranian Defense Ministry and Army on Monday signed a “strategic agreement” on the development of drone power and the equipment carried by the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Tasnim News Agency reported.
Under phase one of the agreement, the ministry has undertaken to equip the army with the drones in a short time span.
In comments at the event, Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi highlighted the growing power of drones used by army units, saying the UAVs have increasingly been employed in drills for various purposes.
After signing the agreement, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami also told reporters that Iran stands fifth or sixth in the world in terms of drone capabilities.
At present, drones play a significant role in the reconnaissance and combat missions, he noted, stating that Iranian military industries have become self-sufficient in manufacturing advanced drones.
In January, the Iranian Army staged a massive drill using various homegrown drones for different operations including aerial interception, launch of air-to-air missiles, detonation of ground targets with bombs and missiles with pinpoint accuracy, and suicide strikes.
Military officials say the army experts have dramatically increased the flight endurance of suicide UAVs, manufacturing drones with an operational range of 4,000 kilometers.