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.
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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.
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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