Iran has made tangible progress in the field of defense development. It has even gotten to the point that General Kenneth Mackenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command (which includes the Middle East), recently admitted that U.S. air superiority has suffered because of the threat posed by Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Political columnist Seth Frantzman writes about this in the pages of The Jerusalem Post today, April 26.
The latest example of the Islamic Republic’s display of its military-technical success was the parade on Iran’s National Army Day a week ago, where several types of small and heavy drones were on display. Many were modeled after the Ababil series. This type of drone, like the Qasef, was exported to Yemen.
Tehran previously stated that “the Iranian Army’s ground forces unveiled seven domestic high-tech military advancements, including air defense systems, UAVs and electronic warfare capabilities. Iran also created a new drone radar, local Press TV reported.
“The Taha 1400 system uses directional antennas to intelligently cover a wide area of coverage and maintain the flight safety of various drones in the enemy’s area of operation. The system is smart and lightweight, consumes low voltage, and can be installed quickly and easily. Finally, a ground jamming system used to counter enemy drones and a remote control system were among the new military advancements presented at the parade,” a report by an Iranian English-language TV channel said.
Iran also claims to have a new Ranesh-1 micro turbojet engine that can be used in various UAVs, single-seat light aircraft, a wide range of missile systems, and unmanned boats.
“The turbojet engine is light enough to generate thrust at high speeds, runs on different types of fuel, has a high practical ceiling compared to piston engines, can carry a payload and can significantly increase the flight time of various drones,” the country’s media noted.
Other domestically manufactured products included the TIAM 1400 self-defense system installed on the UAV for enemy radar detection and aerial surveillance.
“Iran recently showed footage from a U.S. aircraft carrier that its drones allegedly photographed. Tehran makes no secret that its drones are a ‘trump card’ against the United States,” notes Seth Frantzman.
Warnings from Iranian generals to the US and the “Zionist regime” (Israel. – Ed.) have recently become more frequent. This follows an explosion at a nuclear facility in Natanz, in the central province of Isfahan, as well as an alleged drone attack on an oil tanker off the Syrian port of Banias.
Iran supplies its drones to allies in Yemen and Iraq, who carry out periodic aerial attacks against Saudi and U.S. military and energy facilities in the region. There is good reason to believe that Iran’s drone army is demonstrating that it can field a mass of UAVs on a 400-kilometer-deep front and packed with warheads weighing between five and 15 kilograms.
Iran has recently made significant progress in building up its strike capability, including high-precision ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles. This is what Israeli military experts write. According to Amos Harel, one of Israel’s leading defense experts, Jewish state intelligence is recording a progressive increase in Iranian strike capability, which is now “widely distributed across Iran’s radical network of proxies in the Middle East, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, Shia militias in Iraq and Hussite formations in Yemen.”