On February 24, the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) unveiled a new long-range combat drone dubbed “Kaman-22.”
IRIAF Commander Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh inspected the new drone during a visit to a facility manufacturing advanced unmanned aerial vehicles. According to Nasirzadeh, the drone was designed and developed to meet all the requirements of the IRIAF.
Kaman-22 has a flight endurance of more than 24 hours and a range of 3,000 km. The drone can be equipped with various combat, optical and electronic warfare systems.
“The aircraft will contribute a high combat capability to the Air Force,” Nasirzadeh said. “Today, we have attained complete maturity in production of various unmanned aircraft, including combat, reconnaissance, and electronic-warfare [drones] that are capable of carrying out several [different] missions.”
The new drone can be armed with several types of Iranina-made glide bombs, including the Qaem which is guided either by TV or Infrared homing.
Kaman-22 design appears to be inspired by that of the US MQ-9 Reaper drone. However, the Iranian drone appears to be smaller in size.
Iran boosted its domestic military industry in the last few years to face pressure from the US and its allies in the Middle East. The Islamic country claims to be one of the world’s leaders in drone technology.
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