On July 15, the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy announced that it had established its first drone-carrying division in the Indian Ocean.
The Iranian state TV said that the new naval division consists of several ships and submarines carrying all types of combat, reconnaissance and suicide drones.
“All types of the latest advanced drones produced by the military and the defense ministry have flown over the Indian Ocean’s waters to demonstrate their capabilities,” the state TV said.
The channel aired footage showing several types of Iranian drones, such as Pelican, Homa, Arash, Chamrosh, Zhubin, Ababil-4 and Bavar-5, taking off from different Iranian vessels and flying over the Indian Ocean.
Addressing the announcement of the new naval division, Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi warned the “arrogance system” of Iran’s growing drone capabilities.
“As we are aware of the aggressive attitude in the [US] system of domination, it is necessary to increase our defensive capabilities day-by-day,” Mousavi said on the state TV. “If the enemies make a mistake, [these drones] will present them with a regrettable response”.
The announcement comes as US President Biden undertakes his first tour in the Middle East, including Israel and Saudi Arabia. During the tour, Biden and Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a security pact reinforcing their common front against Iran.
Biden Middle Eastern tour is meant to establish the base for an Israeli-Arab air defense alliance against Iran. Tehran has already made it clear that it will not sit idly by as Washington attempts to corner it with military pacts.