Commander of the Iranian Air Force Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh and Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari officially opened the mass-production lines of Kaman-12 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Akhgar missiles.
During the ceremony, also the first aeronautical center, equipped with laser technology of Launch Services Program (LSP), was inaugurated in Army Aerospace Force Self Sufficiency Jihad Organization (ASF SSJO).
Addressing the opening event, Sattari said: “Most parts and structures in all science and engineering fields have legal standard lifetime, so that after termination of lifetime of relevant parts, it is necessary to replace them with new ones.”
Since replacing structures in aerospace science is costly and sometimes irreplaceable, scientifically-proven methods should be used in order to increase lifespan of these equipment, he highlighted.
He went on to say that Launch Services Program (LSP) is one high-tech methods in the field of laser technology that the Army Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran attained this advanced technology at the unsparing support of the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology and also a number of prestigious knowledge-based firms.
For his part, General Nasirzadeh pointed to promoting combat power and cutting currency dependency to foreign countries as the salient achievements of this sophisticated technology.
These achievements have been acquired in sanctions conditions, he said, adding that “this technology is also applicable in the medical industry, energy industry (gas-powered turbines) and also automotive industry.”
Kaman-12, the first home-made wide-body drone with a jet engine, was unveiled in late January in an exhibition held by Armed Forces in Tehran.
Iranian experts have omitted hydraulic system in the plane and replaced it with electromechanical operators.
The drone is able to send information obtained by sensors to the automatic pilot system and uses INS/GPS navigation system. The Iranian-made plane also enjoys capabilities to send high-quality images to the earth.
The J33 engine has also been replaced with J85 engine which is more powerful and displayed more proper operational capabilities.
Iran’s newly developed drone has a flight durability of 10 hours, 200km speed, operational radius of 1,000km and capability to carry 100kg of cargos.
Akhgar missile is another achievement of Iranian defense industries which can be mounted on Iranian drones. It can hit targets 30km in distance.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh underlined in November Iran’s major advances in designing and manufacturing different state-of-the-art drones.
“We are even ahead of the top world powers in the drones sector and we are way ahead of them,” General Hajizadeh said, addressing a ceremony in the Northern city of Qazvin.
He described Iran as the top regional power in the sector, saying that the country had been able to develop different types of home-made missiles as well.