September 21, 2019 (Persian calendar 1398/6/30)
The Islamic Revolution and Holy Defense Museum (موزه انقلاب اسلامي و دفاع مقدس) official website
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC سپاه پاسداران انقلاب اسلامي ايران) has displayed a number of American and British drones captured for violating Iran’s airspace.
In an exhibition in Tehran on Saturday, the IRGC showcased a British unmanned aerial vehicle, named Phoenix, seized by its Aerospace Division.
Phoenix is an all-weather, day or night, real-time combat surveillance drone. The twin-boom UAV provides surveillance through its surveillance pod, from which the imagery is data linked to a ground control station (GCS) that also controls the aircraft in flight. It has also a maximum flight time of around five hours.
The drone, powered by a 20 kW (26 hp) piston engine, had a maximum speed of 166 km/h and a wingspan of 5.6 meters.
The IRGC also displayed the Aerosonde HQ vertical take-off and landing drone belonging to the US Army used for multi-intelligence payloads such as electronic warfare and communications relay in a single flight.
Aerosonde has been designed for expeditionary land- and sea-based operations and equipped for simultaneous day/night full-motion video. It is field-proven with more than 300,000 flight hours, including desert heat and Arctic cold.
It is equipped with an easy-to-use launch and recovery trailer for constrained land and shipboard operations.
Desert Hawk was another American drone showcased in the exhibition. It has a length of 0.86 meters with a weight of 3.2 kg. It has an endurance of about an hour with an electric motor driving a quiet pusher propeller.
In June, Iran shot down an intruding American spy drone in the country’s southern coastal province of Hormozgan.
The IRGC said in a statement that the US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force near the Kouh-e Mobarak region – which sits in the central district of Jask County – after the aircraft violated Iranian airspace.
Back in 2015, Iran also downed a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft with minimal damage. The drone was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, near the Afghan border, when it was brought down.
Known to be able to hack into enemy drones, Iran currently possesses the biggest collection of captured or downed American and Israeli drones, including the US’ MQ1, MQ9, Shadow, ScanEagle, and RQ-170 as well as the Israeli regime’s Hermes.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC سپاه پاسداران انقلاب اسلامي ايران) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh سرتيپ امير علي حاجي زاده highlighted Iran’s progress in defense industries and said the Islamic Republic is the most powerful country in the region in the field of missiles.
“Today, forty years after the Islamic Revolution, we have seen tremendous progress in various areas, especially the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),” Brigadier General Hajizadeh told reporters in Tehran on Saturday.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is among the top five countries in the world that manufacture drones, the commander added.
The country has made great progress in the field of radar systems, which was recently proved by the downing of the American spy drone MQ-4C, he stated.
He added that in the field of missiles, Iran is the most powerful country in the region.
“Enemies should learn a lesson and change their tone with the Iranian nation,” the commander went on to say.
“We have been standing firm for the past forty years and if the enemy does a damn thing, it will definitely get a crushing response,” Brigadier General Hajizadeh stressed.
The remarks came against the backdrop of increased tensions between Iran and the US after the Islamic Republic shot down an advanced US spy drone over its territorial waters and also recent attacks by Yemeni forces on Saudi oil facilities, with Washington and Riyadh claiming Iran was behind them.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on June 20 that a US spy drone that violated the Iranian territorial airspace in the early hours of the day was shot down by the IRGC Aerospace Force’s air defense unit near the Kooh-e-Mobarak كوه مبارك region in the southern province of Hormozgan استان هرمزگان.
The intruding drone was reportedly shot by Iran’s homegrown air defense missile system “Khordad-3rd سامانه پدافندي سوم خرداد”.
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