Iran Unveils First Suicide Drone That Can Blow Up Targets On Land And Sea

Posted: Oct 26 2016, 1:20pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 26 2016, 7:39pm CDT , in Latest Science News

Iran Unveils First Suicide Drone That Can Blow up Targets on Land and Sea
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  • Iranian media unveils its ‘Suicide Drone’ in new photos

The Iranian navy claims the drone can be equipped with explosives and crashed into target sites.

On Wednesday Iran released a photo of their new weapon which they are calling the ‘Suicide Drone’. According to the Iranian navy the drone has weaponries and it can be loaded with explosive materials.

The drone can then deliberately crash into target sites on both sea and land. The photo of the suicide drone was released by the Tasnim news agency, a semi-official Iranian news outlet.

The Iranian officials explained that even though the drone can carry explosives for combat missions, the primary purpose at the time is maritime surveillance.

Still the drone has the ability to explode upon collision with whether a vessel or even an onshore command center. The drone will be armed with explosives such as missiles.

The small drone is a pilotless aircraft which can fly up to four hours over a range of nearly 600 miles. The drone can fly at a distance of at least 3,000 feet from the earth and even as close as 20 inches above the surface.

The camera on the drone is also capable of night vision and can even record efficiently in damp sea conditions. However no photos of the drone in action have been released by the Iranian media. The drone’s few pictures released show it placed on a Persian-style rug.

This is not the first time news of Iran’s new drones has been release. Earlier in October the Iranian media revealed that their paramilitary Revolutionary Guards have built a drone very similar to the RQ-170 Sentinel by employing reverse-engineering, according to AFP.

The RQ-170 Sentinel drone is the same US military drone shot down by Iranian military about five years ago. The news of the new drone comes at a tense time between the Iranian and US navy, which have a long history of conflicted encounters.

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