The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) claims to have developed a military drone capable of taking off and landing on water.
IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri said the unmanned aerial vehicle can perform surveillance and reconnaissance operations for 15 hours.
It can also carry missiles, bombs, and other weapons to support combat missions.
Without providing a timeline, Tangsiri said the water-landing drone will join the IRGC Navy fleet soon.
Iranian officials have repeatedly stated that the country will bolster its defense capabilities amid increasing tensions in the region.
‘Most Capable State’
Iran’s announcement comes after the country claimed that its armed forces are currently operating “at their highest level of capability and strength.”
Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the weapons and equipment displayed during a recent parade were only a fraction of the capabilities possessed by the Iranian military.
Apart from the naval drone, Tehran also claimed to have manufactured a hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle with two separate engines for launch and propulsion.
It also exhibited what it claimed to be “the longest-range drone in the world,” but it did not provide additional details about the system.