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Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Unveiled Combat Drone Called Saeqeh (Thunderbolt)

Saturday, October 1, 2016 14:22
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Iran’s IRGC unveils new combat drone
PRESSTV (Iran) Sat Oct 1, 2016 11:10AM

http://presstv.com/Detail/2016/10/01/487166/Iran-IRGC-UAV-Saeqe

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has unveiled the
recently-manufactured combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called Saeqeh
(thunderbolt).

The drone was put on show on Saturday at an expo showcasing the latest
achievements by the IRGC’s Aerospace Division in the UAV industry.

Saeqeh is a long-range drone capable of carrying four smart and
precision-guided bombs. It can strike targets with high precision.

It is one of the Simorgh class drones, which is the Iranian version of the
US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft.

Iran downed a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft with minimal damage. The
drone was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, near the Afghan border,
when it was brought down.

Almost three years later, the Islamic Republic produced its version of the
RQ-170 drone.

Commenting on the latest achievements by the IRGC forces, Commander of the
IRGC’s Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said that Iran
is among the top four countries in the world in the drone industry.

Hajizadeh further said that the US is seeking to equal Iran in the
production of stealth drones and bombers.

Reflecting on Saeqeh, the commander said that it is the latest Iranian UAV
and is capable of hitting targets and returning to base intact.

He further noted that Iran will not halt its development of drones, saying,
“The enemy is continuing down the path of hostility, and we should continue
our course for reinforcing our might for defense against the enemy.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Hajizadeh said that today Iran has better aviation
systems and equipment than the US and expressed hope that one day Iran will
have the same might in the UAV industry as in the missile sector.

In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and
attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and
systems.

Iran has also conducted military drills to enhance the defense capabilities
of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and state-of-the-art
army equipment.

The Islamic Republic maintains that its military might poses no threat to
other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is merely based on
deterrence.

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