Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

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The “Kian” is a new high-precision drone that can locate and attack targets far from the country’s borders, according to Tehran officials. The weapon was revealed by Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard during a ceremony which displayed the unmanned aerial vehicle. State media claim that the Kian can also climb to an altitude of three miles (5000m).

News agency IRNA report that Mr Sabahifard said the jet-propelled drone comes in two models of “surveillance and reconnaissance missions and continuous flight for precision missions”.

Mr Sabahifad believes the aircraft was designed, produced and tested by experts of the Iranian air defence force within about a year.

Due to international sanctions and embargoes barring the country from importing many weapons, Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry.

Mr Sabahifard said: “This unmanned aircraft is capable of hitting targets far from the country’s borders and undertaking air defence from the enemy’s territory.”

The unveiling of the drone arrived during a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the United States.

Tensions have mounted since President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers.

Washington has since reimposed sanctions to strain the Iranian economy to pressure Tehran into negotiating a new agreement.

Iranian leaders claim they are open for dialogue once sanctions are lifted and the US returns to the nuclear deal.

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Deputy Defence Minister Shahrokh Shahram previously claimed Iranian military forces were employing laser technology in preparing artillery systems, launching artillery ammunition, and in radars, which would accurately detect, track and hit the hostile targets.

He also said Iran had developed homegrown weapons with the laser technology, with the country’s military in possession of laser-powered weapons capable of annihilating stealth aircraft.

Mr Shahram claimed Iran was using the laser systems to protect its “critical and vital centres”, adding that Iranian military experts were “on the cutting edge of laser technology”.

Last month Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reprimanded the US for its plans for increased naval missions in the Strait of Hormuz.


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Trump’s administration has sought out allies for an international coalition to “combat Iranian aggression” in one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

According to Al Jazeera, Mr Rouhani argued Washington’s military build-up in the Gulf was “creating division and emptying the treasuries” of countries in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Al Jazeera: “We believe that the best the US can do for the protection of maritime navigation is to just leave people alone; don’t interfere.”

With tensions escalated, Trump raised the opportunity at the recent G7 summit of meeting Mr Rouhani under the right circumstances.

Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with French leader Emmanuel Macron, Trump said he has “good feelings” about the prospects of a new nuclear deal with Iran.

This was rejected by Mr Rouhani who declined any potential talks.

He said: “We will not witness any positive development unless the United States abandons its sanctions and corrects the wrong path it has chosen.”

Trump tweeted a photo of an Iranian space centre launch last week, prompting speculation on whether he had posted a classified image from his morning intelligence briefing.

Trump told reporters: “I just wish Iran well, they had a big problem and we had a photo.”

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