Iran unveils short-range reconnaissance drone

Iran’s army unveiled a highly mobile propellant-powered reconnaissance drone on Saturday, according to local media.

The drone, named “Yasseer,” can fly for eight hours with a range of 200 kilometres (124 miles) and reach an altitude of 4,500 meters (15,000 feet), the reports said.

It resembles the American ScanEagle, an unmanned short-range aerial surveillance vehicle that Iran claimed to have captured in late 2012. However, Iranian officials did not mention the US drone on Saturday.

“Yasseer is capable of identifying targets… with its very powerful camera, and reporting them back to the base,” the chief of army ground forces General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan was quoted as saying at the unveiling ceremony.

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