Iran to unveil new home-made UAV

The new remote-controlled aircraft, called A1, has a maximum flight level of 10,000 feet.

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2012, 16:53 PM IST

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