Iran tests homemade drone successfully

Iran’s Air Force commander Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi said on Sunday that Iran successfully tested its homemade drone, the official IRNA news agency reported.

“The research sample of the military drone which has been made by the Air Force was tested … and the mass production of the drone will begin soon,” Shahsafi was quoted as saying.

He made the remarks in a ceremony in an address to the Air Force personnel in Tehran on Sunday.

In June, Shahsafi announced that Iran has successfully tested a homemade radar-evading unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with bombing capabilities.

“This airplane is a model drone built on a one-seventh scale for the Defense Ministry,” the semi-official Fars news agency quoted him as saying.

Iran has reiterated that its military capability enhancements have defensive and peaceful purposes.

The United States and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of civilian nuclear program.

Iran has denied the U.S. charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purpose only.
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