Iran Equips Army Units with Suicide Drones
- August, 23, 2013 - 14:45
- Defense news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian Army commander announced that the country has equipped army units with a new type of advanced suicide drone which is capable of destroying both air and ground targets.
“These drones have the capability to conduct suicide attacks and can hit specified targets, either air or ground targets, such as tanks and installations. It acts like a mobile bomb and hits targets,” Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told reporters on Friday.
The Iranian commander also noted that the drones are capable of taking online pictures and videos and conducting other missions, including aerial reconnaissance.
Pourdastan then added that Army Ground Force will test and use the new drones during upcoming military wargames.
On Sunday, Pourdastan had announced that Iranian Army Ground Force will stage massive wargames, dubbed as “Qamar-e bani-Hashem”, in the coming months in which different units of the force, especially its airborne division will take part.
He had also stated that the forthcoming military exercises will demonstrate the potentials and capabilities of the armored units of the ground force and it can also "tell us how such units must be deployed in an asymmetrical situation."
“Qamar-e bani-Hashem wargames will be staged in a very vast and extensive region in 3 operational zones,” Pourdastan said at the time.
Over the past few years, Iran has held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.
The country has repeatedly clarified that its military doctrine is purely defensive and that its military might poses no threat to other countries.