Friday, July 11, 2014

Iranian Shahed 129 performing reconnaissance over Adra, Syria

Another video has materialized depicting an Iranian-manufactured Iranian Shahed 129 ("Eye-Witness") Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), this time performing a reconnaissance mission over Adra, Syria, positioned approximately 40 km northeast of Damascus.

Video, date of upload o8JUL14:

A previous video from 10APR14 depicted Shahed 129 performing reconnaissance mission over Eastern Ghouta, Damascus.

File photo of Shahed 129 types configured as Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

File image detail of IRGC-AF Shahed 129 prototype, serial 129-001


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

So why the combat version is not used? Political reasons? or capabilities issues?

Anonymous said...

There is no reason to fully use these as UCAV in a situation like that in Syria where you have a full scale war in the country. You need tons of bombs to be dropped down, not a couple of precision rockets or missiles. Of course for a high profile mission, maybe the Syrians will arm the UAV but the main purpose is till reconnaissance. Intelligence gathering is the main concern and the UAV is really helping the Syrians to fill that gap quickly both at a tactical but also strategic level with long endurance flights.
Besides that the Syrians are using the UAVs as airborne relay station for their communication needs in certain regions where their ground troops/recon teams need quick communication relayed to the central command. Iranians have for that purpose equipped the Syrian UAVs with special equipment which can provide the necessary relaying service.
One thing is clear, the war in Syria would have been in different state without the UAVs where the Syrians would have lost the intelligence war against the rebels.