The Navy has upgraded its drone capabilities for conducting reconnaissance and intelligence operations, Commander of Navy's Aviation Unit Rear Admiral Alireza Nayyeri said.
“The UAVs owned by the Navy have been manufactured by the Army and the Armed Forces' experts based on the latest technologies,” the Commander said.
Earlier in December, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi lauded Iran's achievements in the field of aviation industries, especially in production of UAVs and said all Iranian armed forces are now equipped with advanced home-made drones.
Referring to the mass production of drones in Iran, Vahidi said at the time that the country has made great achievements in that field and now holds different kinds of drones.
He underlined Iran's wide strides in developing its aviation industries, and said the country's aviation experts can now manufacture drones more advanced than the US-made ScanEagle.
Also in December, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami said that the technology used in the US ScanEagle drone is way behind Iranian drone's advanced technology.
On December 4, Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced that his forces hunted a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over the Persian Gulf after the drone violated the country's airspace.
ScanEagle is a small, low-cost, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.
As standard payload ScanEagle carries either an inertially stabilized electro-optical or an infrared camera. The gimbaled camera allows the operator to easily track both stationary and moving targets, providing real-time intelligence.
Capable of flying above 16,000 feet, the UAV has also demonstrated the ability to provide persistent low-altitude reconnaissance.