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

(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.

In this Jan. 11, 2012  file photo, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran is reporting it has a drone capable of vertical takeoffs.
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)
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