Iran to unveil new home-made UAV   2012-01-31 11:21:09            

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Iran will unveil a new domestically- built unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with high capabilities and versatile features, the local satellite Press TV reported on Monday.

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

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

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

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said 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, Vahidi was quoted as saying.

The surveillance aircraft also has the capacity to load and upload military hardware and can better conduct reconnaissance missions, said Press TV.

According to the report, over the past years, Iran has developed the tactical Ababil-5 for medium-range reconnaissance and surveillance missions and the Ababil-T for short/medium-range attack missions.

Editor: Xiong Tong
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