Iran has developed a new RQ-170
drone, equipped with a special mechanism that makes it undetectable to radars, the Iranian news agency Fars reported Wednesday.
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh,
chief of the Revolutionary Guard Corps' airspace division, said that the new drone was manufactured under the supervision of government officials.
According to Hajizadeh, the aircraft's capability to stay undetected is attributed to its ability to adapt its heat production to the temperatures of its surroundings, and to its ability to produce very little sound.
has been working to develop dozens of drones of a similar model, Hajizadeh noted, adding that the Islamic Republic was in the possession of several unmanned aircraft that are capable of reaching Israel,
most specifically the Shahed 129
that can reach Tel Aviv.
The commander added that Iran was in the possession of the technology to manufacture intercontinental ballistic missiles, but that "our enemies are close and we have no need to make great efforts to reach them."
In December 2011, Iran announced that its armed forced had shot down
a US RQ-170 reconnaissance drone
in eastern Iran.
Following the incident, Iran's Al Alam state television network quoted an unnamed source saying: "The Iranian military's response to the American spy drone's violation of our airspace will not be limited to Iran's borders any more."
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