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Monday, August 23, 2010     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Iran's new drone carries up to four cruise missiles

NICOSIA — Iran has unveiled a combat unmanned aerial vehicle.

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Officials said the UAV measured four meters and was equipped with up to four cruise missiles. They said the aircraft could reach a speed of 900 kilometers and fly under enemy radar.

The Islamic republic claimed the UAV, called Karar, was designed to reach a range of 1,000 kilometers, Middle East Newsline reported.


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"The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

In an address on Aug. 22, Ahmadinejad said Karar would deter Iran's enemies throughout the region. The president said the UAV could be programmed to target vital facilities of Iran's enemies that seek to attack Teheran's nuclear program.

"The scope of Iran's reaction will include the entire the earth," Ahmadinejad said. "We also tell you — the West — that all options are on the table."

Hours after Ahmadinejad's address, Iranian state television broadcast footage of a flight of Karar. The television report said the platform could be equipped with a range of weapons, including two 250-pound general-purpose bombs or a 450-pound guided air-to-ground munition.

"The jet UAV enjoys abundant capabilities, including its long range and operational depth," Defense Minister Ahmed Vahidi said.

This marked the latest UAV platform unveiled by Teheran. In 2009, the Defense Ministry oversaw trials of a UAV equipped with bombs.




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A one thousand km range drone rocket that can carry cruise missiles is a real threat. To really assess the threat though we need to know the range of the cruise missiles themselves. 662 mile range on the drone if fired near the Iraqi border plus another 1,000 mile ranged cruise missile particularily if the cruise missile has a high altitude section of its mission profile could threaten Israel or other friendly nations in the area. Now what happens if they develop a cruise missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons? We might be smart to think very strongly about attacking their facilities both nuclear and conventional with some sort of area denial weapons.

AF Zoomie      6:21 p.m. / Friday, August 27, 2010

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