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Iran Has More Advanced UAVs, Claims its Defense Minister

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says that the UAV that recently penetrated into Israel is not Iran’s most advanced.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/29/2012, 5:43 AM

Drone being shot down
Drone being shot down
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Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday that the drone that recently penetrated into the Israeli airspace was not Iran’s most advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

“The Islamic Republic of Iran currently has unmanned aerial vehicles with a technology by far more advanced than [that of] the drone recently flown by the resistance movement of Hizbullah in the Zionist regime’s airspace,” Vahidi said on Sunday, according to a report in PressTV.

The technology of Hizbullah’s Iranian-made drone was not definitely “Iran’s latest technology,” he said.

Vahizi also claimed that Hizbullah success in flying the drone over Israel “shattered the delusional power of the Israeli regime and dealt a heavy blow to it.”

The Israeli air force shot down the drone on October 6, after it entered the country's airspace from the Mediterranean Sea.

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah later boasted that his group sent the unmanned drone over Israel. The group’s Al-Manar television network also broadcast a video which the network claimed simulates the route made by the unmanned drone.

Two weeks ago, Vahidi confirmed that Iran had provided Hizbullah with the drone, claiming his country’s “capabilities are very high and are at the disposal and service of Islamic nations.”

An Iranian military official later warned Israel that it should expect more unmanned drones to enter its airspace.

The official claimed his country has “drones in 25 different models with new flying systems” that Israel “won't know how to confront.”