News Brief — May 10, 2013
Iran unveiled an advanced new drone Thursday night, named Hemaseh (Epic), in a special ceremony in the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Vahidi said that the drone has been designed and built entirely by local experts. In addition to being capable of conducting surveillance and reconnaissance missions, it could also carry out armed combat missions.
Earlier, Deputy Defense Minister for Industrial and Research Affairs Mohammad Eslami told reporters that Hemaseh was more capable than other Iran-made UAVs and that it can fly at higher altitudes and enjoys longer flight endurance.
The Hemaseh is the latest in a series of locally designed and manufactured military drones that Iran has unveiled in recent years.
In April, the Iranian Air Defense Force displayed its Sarir (Throne) drones on the occasion of the National Army Day.
Speaking to reporters at the time, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli stated that Sarir is a long-range, long-endurance radar evading air defense drone.
“Sarir is capable of carrying cameras and air-to-air missiles and tens of this UAV have so far been produced and used,” he said.