IRGC successfully tests new multirotor bomber UAV
Iranian media say the IRGC's new lightweight multicopter can carry a seven-kilogram bomb and drop it on a target from a height of 500 meters.
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force successfully tested a multirotor bomber drone that was developed as part of the Arbaeen project, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Sunday.
According to the news agency, experts from the IRGC's Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization planned, developed, and manufactured the multicopter.
Tasnim highlighted that this lightweight multicopter can carry a seven-kilogram bomb and drop it on a target from a height of 500 meters.
Furthermore, the agency noted that the new multi-engine IRGC drone is designed for vertical ascension and can carry and discharge 10 small missiles with different targets at the same time.
Due to their simplicity and ability to fly in any terrain, such aircraft are viable options for special operations, Tasnim indicated.
It explained that the deployment of such equipment, less expensive than other options and capable of carrying out operations in a variety of geographical situations, is an appropriate choice for the IRGC Ground Force in combating terrorist organizations operating in Iran's northwestern and southern borders.
On Saturday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani confirmed that his ministry’s export of military defense products tripled in the past Persian calendar year (ending on March 20).
Ashtiani indicated that the Ministry aims to develop the country's military capabilities and production capacity, in addition to civilian goods and services.
He stressed that the Ministry is also seeking to upgrade missile, drone, air defense, and electronic warfare technology, as well as to enhance defense diplomacy with a focus on boosting expert capacity.
"Due to the efforts of the Defense Ministry, we registered a threefold increase in exports, a twofold rise in the production of civilian goods and services, and an 81 percent increase in military production last year," Ashtiani told senior officials at the Defense Ministry.
Earlier this week, the IRGC unveiled its first hypersonic ballistic missile, named Fattah, which is capable of bypassing advanced air defense systems.
#Iran recently unveiled its first hypersonic ballistic missile, named Fattah, which is capable of bypassing advanced air defense systems.— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) June 6, 2023
Here's what you need to know about the highly-developed missile. pic.twitter.com/8IF1tKyYtW
Fattah, whose name was chosen by Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, has a 1,400 km range with a 12-15 Mach speed and is characterized by a very high speed and the ability to maneuver against anti-missile systems.