Iran to Deploy New Drones in Upcoming Wargames

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Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari told reporters on Saturday that the Army will employ  its latest combat and suicide drones during Qamar-e bani-Hashem military exercises.His comments came after Commander of Iran’s Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan unveiled the force’s latest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, dubbed ‘Yasir’.

According to the senior commander, Yasir, which enjoys high flight capability, is now locally mass produced.

On the same day, Pourdastan told reporters that his forces have managed to produce a new type of suicide drone, dubbed Ra’d 85 (Thunder 85).

“This drone is like a mobile bomb, and is capable of destroying fixed and mobile targets,” the commander added.

He also noted that the new suicide drone which has been manufactured in various sizes, can even be used to target the enemy helicopters.

General Heidari said the upcoming drills will test the newly-developed drones’ unique capabilities in action, so that the army experts can modify some of its features for the next wargames, if needed.

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A Report on Iran’s Drone Units: Army’s Online Eyes Monitoring Border Moves

A Report on Iran's Drone Units: Army's Online Eyes Monitoring Border Moves

 As this report goes online, the Iranian army’s drone units are controlling every move not just at, but hundreds of kilometers beyond the country’s borders, wiring real-time images and data to the Army’s command centers and border units, but the capabilities of these units are not at all limited to border control and monitoring.

Most Iranians have watched the movie ‘Mohajer’, a war-time cine production based on a true story depicting the start of drone operations in Iran during the closing years of the Iraqi imposed war in the 1980s.

The Iranian armed forces actually started using Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs), including drones, the same years mostly for intelligence gathering, including imaging, and bombing operations.

Over 25 years later, now the Iranian armed forces are using hi-tech drones for every possible mission, from logistics to surveillance, combat, and even suicide operations.

 

The Iranian Army Ground Force started the structural use of UAVs in 1994, but it actually established the first independent UAV unit in 2011, when it launched Vali-e Asr Drone Group, with a number of subsidiary units operating from Ground Force bases throughout the country.

In the 90s and 20s, most drone operations pertained to surveillance and imaging missions, but after the Ground Force implemented its Samen Comprehensive Restructuring Plan in 2011, Army commanders realized that their UAV units are capable enough to conduct every mission and they, thus, first established Vali-e Asr Drone Group on July 5, 2011, and then its numerous subsidiary units across Iran.

 

The UAV units of the Iranian Ground Force, similar to their peers across the world, operate in the three main areas of intelligence gathering, combat and bombing operations, and logistics. The Ground Force UAV units currently carry out 11 different missions in these three areas.

 

In surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the Ground Force UAV units conduct intelligence gathering and imaging operations not just along, but over a 100 miles beyond the Iranian borderline to monitor every move and operation made by the trans-regional military forces deployed in Iran’s neighboring countries.

The drone and UAV units of the Iranian Ground Force are monitoring and imaging all moves in these areas and wire real-time information, data and images to command centers and border units, empowering them to be fully informed of every hostile move made in areas near Iran’s borders.

 

As regards combat and bombing operations, the Ground Force has equipped its UAVs with various types of bombs, missiles and rockets enabling them to destroy even mobile targets. The Ground Force has recently manufactured a new drone for suicide missions.

 

The UAV units are also operating for logistical purposes, including transfer of small cargos, including medicines.

Iran’s first drone, Mohajer, could fly 50km deep into hostile territories. Later Iran manufactured M2 with a flying range of 100km. Its advanced version, Shahin can fly 150km deep into the enemy territories mainly for surveillance missions. The flying range of the latest version of Shahin has been increased to 200km and now the army plans to still increase this range to 400km.

Ra’d 85 combat drone with a flying range of 100km is the specialized UAV of the Ground Force which can destroy targets with a maximum precision capability.

 

Ground Force Commander General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told the media earlier this year that his forces will soon start employing a new kind of drone for suicide missions.

Army commanders say all the parts and technology for designing and manufacturing these UAVs have been indigenized and their needs are met domestically.

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