Iran's VTOL drone

Iran's VTOL drone unveiled in Isfahan

Manufacturer says 'Mahnad 41' can take photos, videos and control traffic. It was not disclosed whether aircraft intended for military purposes

After introducing a "highly advanced" aircraft, which according to Western assessments isn't able to take off, the Islamic Republic unveiled a new unconventional aircraft Sunday night. The IRNA news agency reported that scientsts have developed the "Mahnad 41", a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone.


Hamed Bastani, the managing director of the UAV production company, said at the unveiling ceremony in Isfahan that "this vertical flight drone reached the phase of mass production with the capability of operator and auto-pilot flights".


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Bastani further added: "This vertical flight drone can take photos and videos, control traffic, technically inspect the power transfer towers, topography, usage in agricultural industries, dam building, petrochemical industries, and digging tunnels". He did not say whether the aircraft was designed for military purposes.

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Bastani revealed that Mahnad 41 can fly at a 56 km/hour (35 miles/hour) speed. He also referred to its low production cost which he said was about one fifth of similar foreign models. Several Iranian companies have already ordered a large amounts of drone, he added.


The Deputy Science, Research and Technology Minister Mohammad-Mahdi Nezhad-Nouri said at the ceremony that one of the important advantages of the product is that is can easily be lend itself to mass production. "The best guarantee for the continuation of the work of the science-based firms is that their products would sell well, and this is truly a privilege," he added.



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