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IRGC Navy Received 188 New Drones, Helicopters (Photos, Video)

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On September 23, the naval forces of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) received 188 new drones and helicopters.

The drones and helicopters were handed over to the IRGC Navy in a ceremony held in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas. The guards top Commander Major General Hossein Salami and IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri attended the ceremony.

During the ceremony, three types of vertical take-off and landing, VTOL, drones, dubbed Sepehr, Shahab-2 and Hodhod-4, were unveiled for the first time. According to IRGC Navy commander, the three drones can take off from naval vessels.

The IRGC also received a number of Mohajer-6 drones for the first time. The drone, which has a range of 200 km, can be armed with up to four guided missiles.

Photos of the ceremony revealed that the IRGC NAVY had also received dozens of Ababil-2, Ababil-3 and Kavosh [a copy of the U.S.-made ScanEagle] drones.

A number of helicopters and amphibious aircraft, which were likely overhauled or upgraded, were also handed over to the IRGC Navy. Two of the helicopters were Mi-8/17 capable of firing anti-ship missiles.

Iran boosted its military industry in the last few years to face the growing pressure and repeated threats from the U.S. and Israel.

The UN Security Council is set to lift the arms embargo on Iran next month as determined in the 2015 nuclear deal. This will allow Tehran to further boost its military capabilities.

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