A home-made hand-launched reconnaissance drone, named Farpad, was delivered to the Iranian Army, Army Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari said, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
General Heidari confirmed that the drone, which has been designed and manufactured by the Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization of the Iranian Army, has joined the military after successfully passing multiple tests in different situations.
Farpad is equipped with an autopilot system, a portable ground station and imaging apparatus for day and night flights.
The roughly-four-kilogram domestically-manufactured drone can fly as far as 20 kilometers (12 miles) for 45 minutes. It is used in reconnaissance missions and is capable of either storing information or transferring data via online connection. Should it come under jamming attacks, the aircraft would return to the base, using its autopilot.
The earlier version of Farpad was unveiled in December 2016.
In July, the Iranian Army Ground Force received 3 new home-made combat drones, named ‘Mohajer 6’.
“Three Mohaher 6 combat drones joined the drone fleet of the Ground Force and we will witness a new arrangement in the drone operations of this Force,” Commander of Vali-e Asr drone group of the Army Ground Force Brigadier General Shahram Hassannejad said at the time.
He added that Mohajer is capable of destroying targets powerfully and with a high precision power, adding that it can also detect and monitor the regions under the control of the Ground Force.
General Hassanzadeh also said that high range, considerable flight durability up to 24 hours and capability to carry rockets with high-precision power for day and night missions are among other features of the drone.