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Iran pumps up massive offensive exercise with as many as 50 drones
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Mar 14, 2019 5:00 PM 1+ week ago

A display (non-flying) version of an Iranian "Saegheh" drone based on the US RQ-170 Sentinel.

A more recent version of the Saegheh ("Thunderbolt') carries ground strike missiles based on Iran's domestic TV-guided antitank missile. It has no landing gear and is recovered by parachute; another version has landing skids.

Another Iranian knockoff--this time, of the MQ-1 Predator.

Iran's Mohajer 6 drone is very similar to the AIA RQ-7 Shadow flown by the US Army.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division staged what Iranian state media described as "massive drone drills" on March 14, including coordinated offensive operations with dozens of flying-wing drones based on the Lockheed RQ-170 Sentinel, captured by Iran in 2011, and Iranian copies of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator. During the exercise, called "Towards al-Quds" (al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem), a total of about 50 drones--including "Saegheh" unmanned combat aerial vehicles based on the RQ-170's flying wing design--were used in a coordinated air strike on training ...

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