TEHRAN (Iran News) – Now Iran a Drone Power. On Sunday, Iranians marked one of their amazing achievements in defending their sky and territory. On June 20, 2019, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps shot down an intruding American Spy drone, Global Hawk, over the coastal province of Hormozgan. At that time, Iran rejected Washington’s claim that the drone was flying over international airspace. The downing of the aircraft sent a clear message to Washington: that Iran is serious about its deterrence claims. Iranian Major General and IRGC commander Hossein Salami said that the drone took off at 00:14 local time from a U.S. military base south of the Persian Gulf and flying toward Chabahar. He noted that, on its return journey, it violated the Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz and therefore was shot down by Iranian missile.
Iranian air defense missile system “Khordad-3rd” that had shot down a sophisticated U.S. spy drone over the Persian Gulf was later put on display in Tehran during demonstrations marking the 42nd anniversary of victory of the Islamic Revolution.
Missiles fired by the homegrown air defense system had brought down a U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton drone over the Persian Gulf in June 2019.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Forces fired one surface-to-air missile at the intruding U.S. aircraft after its stealth maneuvering in Iran’s airspace.
Khordad-3rd employs a phased array radar and can launch 8 missiles by tracking 4 targets simultaneously.
This was just a sample of Iran’s capabilities in defending its sky and defensive power and it also sounded warning to the West and especially to the U.S. that the Islamic Republic of Iran is unstoppable in making progress in any field of the military technologies.
Now two years after that amazing show of muscles to the U.S. forces, Iran has shown its magnificent progress in drone-manufacturing sector and the country itself has produced different advanced and sophisticated types of the drones which are both used in the military and civilian missions.
In 2020, Iran’s systems go from small, lightweight short-range drones all the way up through medium-to-heavy UAVs in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance roles (ISR).
Iran’s progress in drone industry has changed the balance of the power in confronting the enemies and the downing of the U.S. drone has made the Americans be concerned about any mess-up with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
After shooting down of Global Hawk, Head of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has said Iran is now among the top five countries in the world in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
“Today, after forty years since the Islamic Revolution, we have seen tremendous progress in many areas, especially drones and we are among the top five countries in the world in the field of UAVs,” he said.
Drone is not the only field Iran has progressed in it as the country has made very good progress in the field of radars, the downing of the MQ4 aircraft being an example. Add these progresses to the missile power of the country, Iran is now the most powerful country in the region in the missile area.
After downing of the advanced U.S. drone, Hajizadeh said that enemies should learn a lesson and change their rhetoric toward the Iranian nation.
Over the past years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing military equipment and hardware despite sanctions and economic pressures on the country.
On Sunday Iran marked this strong reaction to the U.S. intrusion into its airspace and it was almost coincided with victory of Hojjatoleslam Seyed Ebrahim Raisi in the presidential election and now the country can see more progress in any sector especially in the defense programs because only with having strong defense and even attacking forces the country can repel threats and it is expected that by election of Raisi, Iran sees more progress in any component especially in drone industry as the country can turn into a drone exporting country.
Iran’s military force in the air, land and sea has made the country safe against any attack by the enemies and people should thank its dear sons in the Army,IRGC, scientists and experts for sacrificing their lives for guaranteeing security for the nation and repelling the probable attacks.