Iran: We've Got a Fancy New Drone
Tehran claims it's testing craft capable of vertical takeoff
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2012 8:44 AM CST
In this Jan. 11, 2012 file photo, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran is reporting it has a drone capable of vertical takeoffs.   (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)

(Newser) – Iran has been making increasing noises about its drone program, and Tehran's latest sabre-rattling says that it now has an advanced drone that can take off vertically, ie, without a runway. As Reuters reports by way of Iranian state media, a lead researcher claimed that the drone would be tested yesterday and "unveiled" next year, adding that the drone "enjoys ultra-advanced technology and has been built for the first time in the world." The drone is reportedly also capable of hovering in mid-air, and is silent, adds the AP. Iran earlier this week claimed it had drones far more advanced than Hezbollah's.

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sgudgel
Nov 5, 2012 11:06 AM CST
All thieves need to have the right hand cut off and since you STOLE technology and have failed to carry out islamic justice you deserve the ultimate punishment
$28919642
Nov 5, 2012 7:42 AM CST
Remember a few years ago, when Iran promised a "devastating new aircraft, that will sweep the American Navy from the sea" ? And it turned out to be a propeller-driven seaplane, armed with a machine gun, and a couple of light bombs? World War One level tech? Remember? Drones my fanny.
homer57
Nov 5, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Oh so the one obama gave you works huh...There is NO way a camel jockey has any knowledge about drones except where to sell enough oil to get the money to buy some...or unless someone we hate, gave it to you!! I'll bet you will use it for PEACEFUL purposes right! Yeah, when PIGS (did I say PIGS) fly north for the winter~