0533 GMT June 26, 2022
Iran’s top commander on Saturday visited a new underground army base housing scores of combat, strike, reconnaissance and surveillance drones.
During the visit to the Strategic UAV Base 313, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri was briefed about the Iranian Army’s capabilities in the development of various types of military, combat and long-range drones.
According to Fars News Agency, it is one of the secret and underground drone bases of the Iranian Army which houses over a 100 military UAVs including Kaman 22, Kaman 12, Ababil 5, Mohajer 6, Fotros and Karar drones that are armed with a variety of homegrown bombs, rockets and air-to-surface missile.
With the base, built hundreds of meters deep in the ground in an undisclosed location, going operational, Iran has become the superior drone power in the region, IRNA wrote.
During Baqeri’s visit, the Iranian Army unveiled a cruise missile and a helicopter-mounted drone.
The missile, called Heidar 1, that can be loaded on Kaman 22 and Fotros drones. Heidar 1 has a range of 200 kilometers and a top speed of 1,000 km/h when hitting a target. It is Iran’s first cruise missile capable of being launched from a drone.
Baqeri said on Saturday the Iranian Armed Forces must use new methods and hardware to “create a deterrent against the enemy,” noted that the drones he saw at the secret base can play a role in boosting Iran’s deterrent power.