Iran on Saturday claimed it has deployed a “suicide drone” for the first time.
During military drills near the Strait of Hormuz entrance to the Persian Gulf, Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army’s chief commander of ground forces, called the drone “a mobile bomb,” according to the Associated Press. The drone — which Iran has named Yasir, according to one Iranian newspaper — can be remotely guided to strike aerial, ground and sea targets.
The drone can fly for up to 10 hours and uses 360-degree imaging, according to the AP. “Western military analysts say the Yasir is a modified version of the American ScanEagle drone. Iran said in December 2012 that it had seized at least three Boeing-designed ScanEagle drones after they allegedly violated its airspace over the Persian Gulf,” AP said.
Iran also claims its most advanced drone, the Shahed-129, can reach much of the Middle East, including Israel. The drone is said to have a range of more than 1,000 miles and a 24-hour flight capability, and can carry eight bombs or missiles capable of hitting both stationary and moving targets.