The most recent is a ceremony in which Iran displayed a number of tiny drones, some of which resemble the typical Iranian kamikaze drones, which are also modelled after their Ababil series. Both this kind of drone and the Qasef have been sold to Yemen. “The Iranian Army Ground Force has unveiled seven domestically developed high-tech military achievements, including air defence systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and electronic warfare devices,” Tehran said this week.
Iran has also created new radar for drones, according to Press TV. “The Taha 1400 system uses directional antennas to intelligently cover a wide area of operation, and maintains the flight safety of various drones in the enemy’s locale. The system is smart and light, a low-voltage consumer and can be installed quickly and easily. Finally, a land-based jamming system used for countering hostile drones and remote-controlled systems were among the new military achievements unveiled on Sunday.”
Iran also says it has a new Ground Forces Ranesh-1 (Propulsion-1) micro turbojet engine, which can be used in various drones, single-seat light aircraft, a wide array of missile systems, and unmanned boats. “The turbojet engine is light enough to generate high-speed thrust, runs on different types of fuel, has a high service ceiling compared to piston engines, can carry payloads, and can considerably boost the flight endurance record in a variety of drones,” it said.
Other in-house devices included self-defense and a drone-mounted TIAM 1400 system for detecting enemy radars and air surveillance.
Iran recently revealed video of a US aircraft carrier that its drones claimed to have photographed. Drones have been described as the country’s “trump card” against the United States. Following recent tensions, a top Iranian general sent a warning to “the Zionists.”
This followed news of a drone assault on a ship off the coast of Syria, as well as Iranian-backed factions in Iraq using a drone to attack a US facility in Erbil. Iran has also boasted in several publications about its drone shipments to the Houthis in Yemen.
Iran’s new mini-army of drones that can swarm and launch kamikaze attacks ostensibly demonstrate that the Islamic Republic can deploy a swarm of drones with a 400-kilometer radius and warheads weighing between 5 and 15 kilogrammes. In September 2019, Iran used a drone swarm to target Saudi Arabia. It’s uncertain if these new small drones operate or how they’re guided, propelled, or launched.