TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday unveiled a home-made unmanned long-range bomber drone, the state IRIB TV reported.
Ahmadinejad unveiled the drone, dubbed Karrar, in a ceremony marking the country's Defense Industry Day.
The 4-meter-long drone has a flight range of 1,000 km at a very high speed, the report said.
"This jet has mainly the message of peace, friendship and dignity for humanity," and "it is also the messenger of death for (Iran's) enemies," Ahmadinejad said at Tehran's Malek Ashtar university known for its military researches.
The drone is capable of carrying a military payload of rockets to carry out bombing missions against ground targets, the local satellite Press TV said.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Friday that Iran has successfully test-fired a new surface-to- surface missile, Qiam, which has been equipped with new technical specifications and exceptional tactical powers.
In July, Head of Iran's Army Research Center Mohammad Sadri announced that Iran was intending to build new radar-evading drones that can be operated by its submarines.
In 2009, Iran's Air Force commander Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi said that Iran had successfully tested its two home-made drones of 'Ra'd' (Thunder) and 'Nazir' (Harbinger) and mass production of the drones would begin soon.
Iran has reiterated that its military capability enhancements have defensive and peaceful purposes.
The United States and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of civilian nuclear program.
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