Published: 10:47, February 21, 2024 | Updated: 10:47, February 21, 2024
Iran's IRGC equips ground troops with new homegrown drones
By Xinhua

This file handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Oct 13, 2019, shows Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) cadets during a graduation ceremony at Imam Hussein University in Tehran. (PHOTO / AFP)

TEHRAN - Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has equipped its ground force with two types of homegrown suicide and combat drones, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Tuesday.

The "Shahed-131" suicide drones and "Ababil-5" combat drones had been handed over to the ground force to help them better monitor enemies and terrorist groups, the report said.

With a length and width of 2.6 meters and 2.2 meters respectively, the 135-kg Shahed-131 drone has an operational range of 900 km, according to Tasnim.

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The Ababil-5 drone, meanwhile, is equipped with long wings enabling it to carry heavy payloads and a retractable anterior landing gear that improves the performance of its camera, Tasnim said.