“Given the daily progress of drones as well as the increased missile power to destroy them, a missile-evading drone was designed and built for the first time in the world which can escape thermal and air-to-air missiles and no missile can approach the drone any closer than 250 meters,” said Hassan Akbari Layeq who has built the “Sarallah Drone”.
He explained that the drone is equipped with a deceptive system and can speed up and escape incoming missiles, “and this is the first time that this technology has been designed and used for a 4-kilogram drone.”
He added that in case of any technical problems during flights, the drone can use a safety system and land in a safe place within 40 minutes and if the place is unknown to the drone, it will automatically disintegrate its parts and destroy them.
He said that the drone can fly at 160 km per hour with a 40-minute flight duration if the safety system is on or have a non-stop flight for one hour without the safety system.
“To escape missiles, the drone is capable of flying at a maximum altitude of 8,000 meters and enjoys the capability to hide from laser optics and infrared light at night,” Akbari Layeq said.
In November 2014, Iran unveiled a newly-developed drone named “Ababil 3” capable of flying a maximum altitude of 15,000 ft. The drone can fly for 8 hours non-stop and has a composite body and can take and send real-time images to the ground control stations or any other platform.
In September 2014, Iran unveiled another new home-made drone named “Sadeq 1” which can fly at a maximum altitude of 25,000 ft at supersonic speeds. The drone has been manufactured for testing radar and electronic systems and training assessments.
In September 2012, Iran announced that it had started using UAVs in its air defense units as part of its broader plans for strengthening the country’s air defense capability.
In December 2013, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was capable of mounting guided missiles and bombs on its drones.
Also in September 2012, Iran announced that it had started using UAVs for its air defense units as part of its broader plans for strengthening the country's air defense capability. The drone can be used as a target for air defense systems and also for reconnaissance missions. The UAV can also be equipped with missiles and used for aerial bombardments as well.