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Iran's navy touts 'suicide drone'

Iran's navy on Wednesday released a photo of what's being called a "suicide drone" that can be loaded with explosive materials and deliberately crashed into targets at sea and on land.

 

The announcement was carried by Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency.

 

While Iranian officials said the drone "can carry payloads of explosives for combat missions" and "collide with the target and destroy it, (whether) a vessel or an onshore command center" it also noted that the drone's primary purpose is maritime surveillance.

 

It "has not been designed to be armed with missiles," Tasnim said.

 

The small, pilotless aircraft can nevertheless fly for up to four hours and has a range of about 600 miles. It can fly as high as 3,000 feet and as low as 20 inches above the Earth's surface. Its camera can be used at night and in "damp sea conditions."

 

To see the drone visit the page here.