Iran today publicly unveiled its Fotros "strategic drone," days before the next round of nuclear negotiations with P5+1
Fotros UCAV is claimed to possess a projected operational radius of 2,000 kilometers, service ceiling of 25,000 feet and 16 to 30 hour endurance.
Rear section of Fotros UCAV exhibiting twin booms and central nacelle design, two-bladed propeller and powerplant's maintenance covers; this example thought to be a prototype.
Front section of Fotros UCAV.
Frontal overhead view providing sense of scale to Iran's largest unmanned aerial vehicle
Side section exhibiting fitted armament of two Hellfire appearing air-to-surface missiles
View exhibiting presumed antenna dome and ball-mounted camera sensor array
Public unveiling by MODAFL, IRIAA and IRIAF. Iran's Minister of Defense Dehghan (center) stated scientists at Iranian Aircraft Manufacturing Industries, affiliated to Iran's Defense Ministry, have designed and developed the Fotros UCAV. Dehghan identified intended Fotros missions to include “protecting land and sea borders, monitoring oil pipelines, telecommunication lines and road traffic control, monitoring affected areas during earthquakes, blaze and floods, and environment protection." [Source: FARS] The minister appears to have neglected to identify potential offensive operations or deterrent capability, generally considered "strategic" by Iran's military.
Iran TV video still of unmarked Fotros UCAV, providing underside view
Iran TV video still of Fotros UCAV taxiing, prior to takeoff
Iran TV video still of Fotros UCAV in flight
Video: IRIB NEWS