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 37 comments Comments 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.