Iranians claims to have domestically produced drone

March 17, 2012 14:10

Less than four months after confiscating a US drone that went down in its territory, Iran has domestically produced a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called the Shaparak (Butterfly), semi-official Iranian news agency Press TV reported on Saturday.

The drone has an operational radius of 50 kilometers and a flight ceiling of 4,572 meters, Press TV quoted Reza Danandeh Hakamabad, the aeronautics engineer in charge of the project, as saying on Friday.

He added that the aircraft has the capability to fly non-stop for three-and-half hours and can carry an 8 kilogram payload.

Powered by a two-cylinder engine, the Iranian drone is equipped with cameras which can submit surveillance images to the base on the ground, according  to the report.

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