Iran: Revealed underground drone base

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Iranian state television on Saturday broadcast images for the first time from an underground base of unmanned aircraft belonging to the air force located in the Zagros Mountains of western Iran.

Iran has been accused by the United States and Israel, its sworn enemies, of using unmanned aircraft and missiles to attack US forces and Israeli-linked ships in the Gulf to destabilize the region.

In October 2021, Washington imposed sanctions on Iran’s drone program, which is accused of supplying these weapons to its allies in the Middle East, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen and the Palestinian movement Hamima. Gauze.

“More than a hundred combat, reconnaissance and destruction drones are at the base in the heart of the Zagros Mountains,” the journalist told television.

He did not specify the exact location of the base, but said he “flew by helicopter” for “almost 40 minutes” from the western city of Kermanshah to get there.

Television showed General Mohammad Bagheri, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and army commander Abdolrahim Mousavi visiting the base.

General Mousavi said the base was “hundreds of meters below the ground”.

According to the television, the “strategic” unmanned aircraft Kaman-22 with a range of at least 2,000 km and equipped with a cruise missile with a range of 200 km is one of those that exist in this base.

Iran began developing drone programs in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988).

“The military is rapidly developing its unmanned capabilities and is working to ‘build new unmanned aircraft for various missions,'” said General Bagheri.

“There is no doubt that the Iranian armed forces are the leading force in the region in terms of unmanned aircraft given their capabilities,” Mousavi said.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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