On May 21, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unveiled a new combat drone, air-defense system and a radar.
The weapon systems were presented during a ceremony that was attended by IRGC Commander-in-Chief Major General Hossein Salami and the commander of the guards’ Aerospace Force Major General Amir Ali Hajizadeh.
Gaza Combat Drone
The new drone, named in honor of the Israeli-besieged Palestinian enclave, is a large combat and reconnaissance platform with a design similar to that of Shahed-129.
Gaza can carry up to 13 mentions to more than 2,000 km on combat missions, as well as 500 kg of various reconnaissance and signal equipment. The drone can stay in the air for up to 35 hours.
— SadaeMazlomeen صَدائےمَظلُومِین (@SadaeMazlomeen) May 21, 2021
Day-9 Air Defense System
The air-defense system was developed to counter cruise missiles, drones, helicopters, and manned aircraft flying at high speed and at low altitude. The system is clearly based on Sevom Khordad medium-range air-defense system.
According to Gen. Salami, the system can destroy aerial targets in a range of 20 km and an altitude of 10 km at any speed.
Gen. Salami said that the VHF radar is agile, fast and enjoys high operational capabilities, without providing any additional details.
Experts noted that the Quds appears to be a copy of the Belarusian Vostok-3D VHF-and S-band radar, which has an operational range of up to 360 km.
and after Netanyahu revealed the drone #Israel downed earlier this week was Iranian. Also IRGC unveiled a surface-to-air missile system dubbed (9-Day) and “Quds” radar system. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/gMhHWhg996
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) May 21, 2021
At the end of the ceremony, Gen. Salami said that Iran is working to develop its defense systems as much as it can. He also noted that Tehran had acquired long-distance warfare capabilities.
“Our strategy and operational policy is to develop the defense territory at wide depths and at high altitudes,” Mehr News quoted the IRGC commander as saying.
The IRGC announcement coincided with the end of a large-scale Israeli military operation against Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip. Tehran is likely trying to send a message to Tel Aviv.
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