TEHRAN (Iran News) – Speaking in a funeral procession of the martyred pilot “Birjand Bey-Mohammadi”, held at Iran’s Army Air Force Command Headquarters on Monday, Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh said that the Islamic Republic of Iran owes its success to the pure blood of martyrs who sacrificed their soul and body in the battlefields during the eight years of Sacred Defense (Iraqi imposed war against Iran in 1980-1988) in line with defending the sublime value of the Islamic Revolution.
Elsewhere in his remarks, IRIAF chief commander pointed to the authority and power of the Air Force in the Islamic Iran and stated, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has been put under tough and severe sanctions for the past 40 years but during this period, whenever a mission is assigned to the Army Air Force of the country, it has managed to implement the assigned mission in the best form possible.”
Turning to the construction of manned and unmanned aircraft as well as smart ammunition, Brigadier General Nasirzadeh said, “Manufacturing advanced UAVs, while observing requirements of international standards, is a sign of the full authority of Iranian Air Force and in this way, Army Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran proceeds it with utmost power and authority.”
Last week, Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh visited a site manufacturing the advanced pilotless aircraft. He said Kaman-22 (Bow-22) is the first wide-body combat drone manufactured by local experts.
Equipped with various combat, optical, and electronic warfare systems, the new aircraft has a flight endurance of over 24 hours and a range of 3,000 kilometers, the commander said.
Kaman-22 is utilized in a range of operations, such as patrol, reconnaissance, data gathering, imaging, and aerial combat with a payload of smart weapons.
- source : Mehr