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News number: 9203180864

14:25 | 2013-06-10

Defence

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Commander: Iran to Unveil New Home-Made Sarir-Like Drone Soon

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced on Monday that Iran plans to display a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with features and capabilities similar, but more advanced than the home-made Sarir (Throne) drones in the near future.



"The new drone named 'Haazem 3' enjoys the capabilities of Sarir and will be unveiled on September 1 (on the occasion of the Air Defense Day)," Esmayeeli told FNA on Monday.

He further elaborated on the features and capabilities of Sarir, and said the UAV is capable of flying from all sides of its nose, enabling it to make sudden left to right moves.

H added that the drone also has a high capability in identifying and imaging targets.

Esmayeeli pointed to the missile ammunition of Sarir, and said, "These missiles enable Sarir to confront and combat multiple targets, including invading UAVs."

In relevant remarks in April, Esmayeeli had informed the media that Sarir is a long-range, long-endurance radar evading air defense drone.

"Sarir is capable of carrying cameras and air-to-air missiles and tens of this UAV have so far been produced and used," he added.

Iran has recently made giant advancements in aerospace industries, specially in designing and manufacturing pilotless drones.

In September, Iran announced that it has started using UAVs for its air defense units as part of its broader plans for strengthening the country's air defense capability.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion of the National Day of Air Defense here in Tehran on September 3, Esmayeeli said Iran has equipped its air defense units with Haazem drones.

Haazem is a drone designed and manufactured by Iranian air defense experts in three short, mid and long range models and for air defense missions.

The drone can be used as a target for air defense systems and also for reconnaissance missions.

The UAV can also be equipped with missiles and used for aerial bombardments as well.