Iran unveiled its Hemaseh drone (in Farsi), meaning ’epic’ in English as its latest reconnaissance-combat drone on Thursday.
Iran unveiled its Hemaseh drone (in Farsi), meaning 'epic' in English as its latest reconnaissance-combat drone on Thursday during a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi.
Brightly painted in the colors of Iran’s national flag and sporting what looked to be two dummy missiles under its wings, the domestically built drone is said to possess stealth capabilities that would allow it to evade enemy radar.
“This drone has been built by defense industry experts and is simultaneously capable of surveillance, reconnaissance and missile and rocket attacks,” Vahidi said during the unveiling.
“This aircraft with its stealth quality can avoid detection by the enemy,” he added.
In an earlier report produced by Iran’s official Fars News Agency (FNA) the Islamic Republic said it has built “tens of different types” of unmanned aerial vehicles, and touts this latest model as the country’s most advanced. According to the FNA, 30 of a total of 40 types of drone models has already entered the production line.
In recent years Iran has unveiled several drone models, such as the long-range Karrar in August 2010, and more recently the Shahed 129 model publicly disclosed in September 2012.