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Remnants of Iranian UAV shot down in Israel, Feb. 2018

Iran has developed a long-range suicide drone aimed to attack major Israeli cities along the Mediterranean coast, according to Iran’s Mehr News Agency.

Brigadier General Kioomars Heidari, who heads the Iranian Army Ground Force, said on national Iranian television Sunday evening the country has drones “with a strategic range and also a drone with a range of 2,000 kilometers.”


Heidari said the availability of drones for the Iranian armed forces is a “very important development.”

The Arash 2 drone is specially designed to attack Haifa and Tel Aviv, he said, describing it as a unique drone “made for that purpose” and that it “awaits the command to start operation.”

The new UAV is a spotter able to hit “exactly the same spot that the Fateh missile hit” during last week’s two-day Eqtedar (Strength) 1401 (2022) military drill in central Iran, Heidari said.

The UAV is equipped with seekers and search systems in addition to being able to recover itself several times until it hits the target precisely, he said.

“Of course, we also have drones with lower ranges in our stockpiles,” Heidari noted. He described the Shafaq missile, equipped with a professional camera and a “fire and forget” capability that allows the pilot to change direction and pursue a new mission after firing. The Shafaq is loaded on to combat helicopters, he said.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.