The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps unveiled three strategic products, including a super heavy drone, an air defense missile system and a radar system.
‘Gaza’ drone, ‘9th of Dey’ surface-to-air missile system and ‘Qods’ radar system were the three strategic products unveiled by IRGC on Friday during a ceremony attended by IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami and IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
The wide-body drone ‘Gaza’ can carry out various surveillance, combat, reconnaissance missions with a flight duration of 35 hours.
“This drone is capable of carrying 13 bombs in a range of over 2,000 kilometers in combat missions, as well as carrying 500 kilograms of various reconnaissance and signal equipment,” General Hajizadeh said.
“Joining of ‘Gaza’ drone to the IRGC Air Force UAV fleet will promote the capability of the IRGC to counter enemy threats,” he added.
The Commander noted that in addition to military and defense usages, ‘Gaza’ drone can carry out missions in monitoring forests, rescue operations and providing assistance in natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.
“The 100% domestically manufactured surface-to-air missile system ‘9th of Dey’ has the capability to confront and destroy a variety of threats at close range such as cruise missiles, aircraft bombs, and UAVs,” he continued.
“The Qods radar system has the capability to be deployed and moved quickly,” Hajizadeh noted.
In a relevant event in April, the Iranian Army unveiled two newly-developed air defense systems, namely ‘Zolfaqar’ and ‘Majid’ with the capability to destroy cruise missiles.
The new defense systems unveiled on the occasion of the Army Day in Iran, have been installed on the home-made tactical vehicle Aras.
‘Zolfiqar’ is a low-altitude air defense system which consists of a mechanized shoulder-launched multi-launcher and ‘Shahid Majid’ system includes an electro-optical fire control system and a dual-launcher. Both air defense systems are capable of destroying enemy targets flying in low altitudes, especially cruise missiles.