Iran announces drone that flies 24 hours

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TEHRAN, Sept. 16  (UPI) — Iran’s military announced in Tehran Sunday it has reached its  goal of developing a drone aircraft that can fly for 24 hours and carry  missiles

Major Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic  Revolution Guards Corps, said the new unmanned Shahed 129 has a vast range  because it can fly non-stop for 24 hours, the FARS news agency reported.


Iran first successfully tested a homemade radar-evading  drone with bombing capabilities in June 2009, which was unveiled in a Tehran  ceremony in August 2010 by President Mahmoud  Ahmadinejad.

In March, the military announced success with a smaller  drone called the Shaparak for use in border patrols. It can fly for 3.5 hours,  has a range of 30 miles and a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet, the report  said.

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