Iran has claimed having developed a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), supposedly its biggest and most powerful drone so far.
The Fotros aircraft, introduced by Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan can stay in the air for up to 30 hours and has a flying range of 2000km, which makes it capable of covering much of the Middle East, including Israel in one mission.
"This drone is able to carry out reconnaissance missions and carry air-to-surface rockets for combat operations," Dehghan said, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA.
The reconnaissance and combat unmanned aircraft was developed by Iranian scientist as a part of the country’s on-going efforts to achieve military self-sufficiency.
Iran frequently announces important technological breakthroughs including missile, submarine, tank and torpedo developments, though most of these announcements cannot be independently verified.
The country’s authorities claim being engaged in an intelligence battle with the USA and Israel who accuse the country of developing nuclear weapons, something Iran continuously denies.
The drone was developed despite tough international sanctions imposed on Iran for its refusal to stop the uranium enrichment programme.