Iran adds combat drones, helicopters to IRGC naval fleet
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) naval fleet has been the recipient of 188 combat drones and copters, all of which have been created by the country’s aviation experts.
At a ceremony held this past Wednesday in the city of Bandar Abbas, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri stated that the drones can be used for aerial photography in combat zone to assist with the acquisition of moving as well as stationary targets at sea.
He also stated that the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are also perfectly capable of monitoring all maritime movements.
Tangsiri added that three of the drones, namely Sepeher, Shahab-2 and Hodhod-4, were being unveiled for the first time. And the sea-launched drones can be made use of for reconnaissance missions.
Mohajer, one of the UAVs that was added to the IRGC naval fleet, possesses a flight range of over 200 kilometers and is quite capable of carrying four missiles in all weather conditions, the commander commented.
Of the helicopter kinds that were unveiled in Wednesday's ceremony, two are able to land on water, while four others possess combat capabilities and can carry missiles, he said.
“With the drones having joined [the naval fleet], all missions of the IRGC navy will be covered by indigenous Iranian drones,” Tangsiri added.
During their most recent mission, he said, IRGC drones were able to successfully intercept the American USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, as well as its flotilla of navy ships, before they travelled through the Strait of Hormuz and into the Persian Gulf last week.