Monday, September 17, 2012

Shahed 129: New Iranian Drone

In his news conference on Sunday, IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali “Aziz” Jafari told reporters that Iran has produced a new generation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), named ‘Shahed 129’ capable of 24-hour non-stop flight.

“Shahed 129, which can carry out combat and reconnaissance missions with its 24-hour nonstop flight capability, is IRGC’s latest achievement in this field,” Gen. Jafari said.

IRGC commander added that Shahed 129 is armed with Sadid missiles that can hit “long-distance” targets. (ISNA, 17 September)

In August 2010, Iran unveiled domestically manufactured long-range Karrar Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV). Karrar is a 4-meter long Jet-powered drone reportedly capable of delivering a military payload on bombing missions against ground targets, with a 1,000 KM range and a maximum speed of approximately 1000 kph. The specifications of the new Shahed 129 and its differences with Karrar have not been made public.

Photo credit: The photo reportedly of the launch of Shahed 129 drone. (Fars News Agency)


Nader Uskowi said...

Note: Mark Pyruz, our expert on Iran’s military and security subject matters, has been unavailable, but will report on new military developments, including the Shahed 129 drone, as soon as he could become available.

Anonymous said...

why is he unavailable? Is he being upgraded and will he become the Mark II Pyruz?

mat said...

IRAN's military hardwares and equipment are on a par with those of the U.S.'s. I guess.

Anonymous said...

They are still not (on par with...), except some missiles with the PG ranges and in the next calendar year many new changes may emerge.
The biggest challenge will be the progress of works on the Bavar 373, which is meant as a substitute for the S-300.

All those changes will bring the level of an immunity for Iran to a closer point.


Anonymous said...

Anon 10:44 AM

Your comment is not amusing and unnecessary as well.

Anonymous said...

I didn't think my comment necessary, but had hoped it to be of some slight amusement

Anonymous said...

There are many Drones that are operating in Iran.
These Drones are the Basij mark 1,2 and the much improved Super Basiji-bot mark 3.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:06 AM

You forgot to mention the exported version,the Cyber Mozdoor that attacks Iranian bloggers with Khomeinist propaganda!