Iran unveils maritime ‘suicide drone’

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A suicide drone developed by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, October 26, 2016 (AFP)

 

Aircraft reportedly capable of skimming surface of water or rising to almost 1 kilometer, potentially carrying heavy payload of bombs

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they had developed a “suicide drone” capable of delivering explosives to blow up targets at sea and on land.

The new drone is primarily for maritime surveillance and “has not been designed to be armed with missiles,” the Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Guards, reported.

“(But) it can carry heavy payloads of explosives for combat missions to launch suicide attacks.

“Flying at a high cruising speed near the surface of the water, the aircraft can collide with the target and destroy it, either a vessel or an onshore command center.”

Tasnim said the drone was designed to fly as low as half a meter (two feet) above the water at a speed of around 250 kilometers (160 miles) per hour but could reach an altitude of 900 meters (3,000 feet).

Full article: Iran unveils maritime ‘suicide drone’ (The Times of Israel)

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