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    Iran Rolls Out ‘Smart Missile’ Drones

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    Iran’s drones now carry high-precision smart missiles that can hit high-speed vehicles with pinpoint accuracy, according to a senior military commander in Tehran.

    Iran's home-made drones are equipped with high-precision smart missiles, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami said, Iranian news agency reported.

    The Iranian drones can fly thousands of kilometers, Salami added, noting that they can capture images and transmit them directly or indirectly to on-ground stations.

    Iran in September unveiled a newly-developed drone equipped with home-made hi-tech air-based missiles.

    "These new drones are capable of destroying different types of aircraft, including fighter jets, drones and helicopters," Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said.

    Also in September, Iran unveiled a new drone named 'Sadeq 1' which flies at a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet at supersonic speeds.

    In September 2012, Iran announced that it had started using UAVs in its air defense units as part of its broader plans for strengthening the country's air defense capability.

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