Iran`s President unveils new `bomber` drone

Long-range drone, dubbed Karar, reportedly can bomb targets at high speed.

Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday unveiled a new long-range drone, dubbed Karar, which reportedly can bomb targets at high speed, state television reported.

Television footage showed the President applauding as a blue cloth which had been covering the drone was pulled back to reveal a short aircraft painted in military-green with the words "Bomber jet" written on its side.

Images were then broadcast on television showing the aircraft flying. Ahmadinejad made a speech at the ceremony, held in a hall of Tehran`s Malek Ashtar University, but did not mention the drone.

The unveiling of the aircraft comes as Iran today marks its annual Defence Industries Day.

State television`s website reported that the drone has "different capabilities, including carrying bombs to destroy targets”. It said the plane can fly for a "long range at high speed”.

The website cited Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi as saying that the Karar is a "symbol of the versatility and advancement of Iran`s defence industries”.

The unveiling of Karar, the nickname of Imam Ali, the first Shi’ite imam, comes two days after Iran test fired a domestically built surface-to-surface missile, Qiam (Rising).

Over the next few days, Iran is expected to make series of further military announcements as the nation marks the annual government week, a period used by Tehran to tout its achievements.

In this period, Iran is also expected to test fire a third generation Fateh 110 (Conqueror) missile. Iran has previously paraded a version of Fateh 110 which has a travel range of 150 to 200 kilometres.

PTI

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