While Iran has struggled with putting together the systems needed to deploy a tactical attack drone, it has done a good job with affordable, reliable engines and airframes.
Iran has one of the oldest drone development programmes in the world. It began in the early 1980s during its war against Iraq. Over the years, and in spite of crippling international sanctions, it has developed a colourful ecosystem of military unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).
Though some of Iran’s past drones have been more credible than others, it’s hard not to be impressed by the quantity and diversity of unmanned aircraft produced over the past 30 years.
The Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) appeared to mark a milestone in its UAV production when it rolled out the Shahed-129 in late 2012. Up until then, its drone fleet mostly included smaller aircraft with short range and endurance. IRGC minders claimed
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