The new Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) combat drone, called Gaza, has successfully passed flight tests and the unmanned aerial vehicle is now fully operational.
The super-heavy combat drone, which was unveiled in May last year, has a wingspan of 21 meters and a take-off weight of 3,100 kilograms, and is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg, according to a report published Monday by Tasnim news agency.
The flight duration of the Gaza drone is 35 hours. It can climb to an altitude of approximately 10,668 meters, which is equivalent to 35,000 feet, and has a flight speed of 350 km/h.
“Operational tests of this drone have been carried out, it is fully operational and can be used in various reconnaissance and combat missions,” the report said.
In addition to military and defense applications, the Gaza drone can also carry out forest surveillance missions, rescue operations and assistance during natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.
Last month, the IRGC unveiled one of its new suicide drones, dubbed the Me’raj 504, which specializes in attacking enemy defense systems.
The unmanned aerial vehicle was designed and produced by the IRGC Ground Force and is capable of carrying a 2.5 kg explosive payload over 100 kilometres. It uses a reciprocating engine for propulsion.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in developing and manufacturing a wide range of equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.
Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to strengthen its defense capabilities, stressing that these capabilities are entirely for defense and will never be negotiated.
Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has repeatedly called for efforts to maintain and strengthen Iran’s defense capabilities, hitting back at enemies for challenging the country’s missile program.