Unmanned units boost Iran combat drive

Iran is set to further boost its military’s combat capabilities with new generations of unmanned aircraft systems and surface vessels.

Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Naval Forces, Brigadier General Ali Fadavi, said Monday that the country is mass-producing the new unmanned military systems.

The launch of the large-scale production of new military systems comes in line with Leader of the Islamic Revolution’s command to manufacture exclusively-developed equipment to enhance Iran’s defense industry in the face of possible threats.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged the production of exclusive military hardware for the country, asserting that in order to counter a potential attack Iran should employ weapons the enemy is unfamiliar with.

Israel, the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East, accuses Iran – a signatory to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – of making efforts to develop a nuclear bomb and has threatened to strike Iranian nuclear facilities.

Pointing to Western war rhetoric, the Iranian commander said constant enemy threats have put the country on a ‘war footing’.

In preparation for war threats, Brig. Gen. Fadavi added that ‘the IRGC aims to streamline and modernize its combat unit through the use of the new unmanned systems in the Persian Gulf’.