Iran Unveils 'Ambassador of Death'
Does not have capacity to hit Israel
By Emily Rauhala, Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2010 7:11 AM CDT
The Karrar, or striker in Farsi, is Iran's first domestically-built, long-range, unmanned bomber aircraft.   (AP Photo/Iranian Defense Ministry,Vahid Reza Alaei, HO)

(Newser) – A day after yesterday's fun with nuclear reactors, Iran unveiled its first domestically built unmanned bomber drone. The 13-foot-long aircraft can carry up to four cruise missiles and will have a range of 620 miles, which is not far enough to reach Israel, notes the AP. "The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship," said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The president boasted that the missile was a step toward self-sufficiency and promised the drone, named Karrar or striker, would "keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases." Unmanned drones are increasingly important in modern conflicts, notes CNN. They are popular with the US military, who uses them to minimize American casualties and spy. (Click here to read about the civilian toll of US drones in Pakistan)