Iran Revolutionary Guard unveils maritime 'suicide' drone

2016-10-26 15:03
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. (AP, file)

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. (AP, file)

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Tehran - Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has unveiled a new drone for use by its naval units, suggesting it could be a "suicide drone" that would crash into ships.

The unveiling comes as Iranian forces have had a series of tense encounters with the US Navy.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency published photos of the drone on Wednesday, saying it has a range of 1 000km and a flight time of four hours.

Tasnim says the drone, powered by two small propellers, "can collide with the target and destroy it, (whether) a vessel or an onshore command centre".

Iran's Guard and the military already have drones but the announcement of a maritime "suicide" drone comes amid what the US says is an uptick in provocative naval acts by Iran.

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