Iran on Sunday unveiled a new drone named ‘Kian’ for combat and defensive missions, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
“The combat and defensive Kian drone has been designed in two types and with the capability of flying at high speed for missions which need tracing, reconnaissance, high flight durability and pin-pointing power,” Commander of the Iranian Army’s Khatam ol-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi Fard said, addressing the ceremony to unveil the drone.
He explained that Kian has been designed, produced and tested within nearly one year, and added: “The unmanned flying object, with high flight durability, can attack targets much farther from Iran's borders and defend the country in enemy’s soil.”
Iran claims to be one of the five best manufactures of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the world.
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.
“The young Iranian people have managed to put the country at the peak of power with their excellent ideas in the radar, missile and drone sectors,” General Hajizadeh said.
The Iranian Army Ground Force in July received 3 new home-made combat drones, namely ‘Mohajer 6’.
“Three Mohaher 6 combat drones joined the drone fleet of the Ground Force and we will witness a new arrangement in the drone operations of this Force,” Commander of Vali-e Asr drone group of the Army Ground Force Brigadier General Shahram Hassannejad said.
He added that Mohajer is capable of destroying targets powerfully and with a high precision power, adding that it can also detect and monitor the regions under the control of the Ground Force.
General Hassanzadeh also said that high range, considerable flight durability up to 24 hours and capability to carry rockets with high-precision power for day and night missions are among other features of the drone.