Sunday, March 2, 2014

Rouhani attends Defense Industries Exhibition in Tehran

Above President Rouhani inspects Iran's Karrar UCAV (photo: Fars) 

According to Fars News Agency:
Iran displayed its advanced home-made combat drone, Karrar, in camouflage color and armed with anti-aircraft missiles in an Exhibition in Tehran on Saturday.
Karrar was displayed during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the Defense Industries Exhibition today.
Karrar is capable of carrying a military payload of 500 kilograms to carry out bombing missions against ground targets. It is also capable of flying long distances at very high speed.
The drone has a flying range of 1,000 kilometers and a top speed of 900 kilometers per hour.
There seems to be something of a defense-related media blitz taking place from Iran following the recent U.S. inclusion of military subjects (ballistic missiles) into the ongoing nuclear talks. Possibly related to that response or offering another explanation: this may be an attempt by Iran's executive branch to demonstrate toughness on matters of defense, in an effort to subdue hawkish detractors of its outreach attempts toward the West.

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