Iran to unveil new home-made UAV
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Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012, 16:53
  
Tehran: Iran will unveil a new domestically-built unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with high capabilities and versatile features, a media report said on Monday.

Mehdi Iraji, the aeronautics engineer in charge of the project, said the new remote-controlled aircraft, called A1, has a maximum flight level of 10,000 feet, reported Xinhua.

It is capable of travelling for at least two hours, and can carry a 5-kg payload, Iraji was quoted as saying.

The unmanned aircraft is also equipped with sound, chemical and colour recognition systems as well as other sensors, he said. The drone runs on hi-octane gas mixed with a percentage of oil.

In December, Iran's armed forces had shot down an unmanned US spy plane that violated its eastern borders.

Iran's Defence Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday that the Islamic republic would soon unveil a new domestically-manufactured naval surveillance plane.

The new maritime patrol plane is remote-controlled and has high flight duration, enabling it to keep maritime areas under surveillance via optical and radar subsystems.

IANS


First Published: Monday, January 30, 2012, 15:22


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