The Iranian regime reportedly released images this week of their drone production line. They say their drone is a replica of the US drone they captured in 2011. They plan on selling their drones to other countries.
Iranian Press TV reported:
Iran has for the first time released images of the production line of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which is manufacturing copies of the US ScanEagle drone.
The domestically-manufactured drones have been put into service by the Iranian Armed Forces.
On December 17, 2012, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said Iran launched the production line of ScanEagle drones, adding the IRGC Naval and Aerospace Division has been employing the UAVs.
Fadavi announced on December 4 that a US ScanEagle drone had been captured by Iranian forces over the Persian Gulf upon the aircraft’s intrusion into the Iranian airspace.
Iran has already released footage of the captured drone, which has a 10ft (3m) wingspan and is a long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.
Iranian experts have successfully decoded data extracted from the unmanned aircraft.
The US is using its fleet of drones in the Persian Gulf for spying operations.
The images were publicized after Iran released decoded video recordings obtained from a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone downed and captured by the Islamic Republic in December 2011.
In related news… Aviation and defense experts say the tiny ‘radar-beating’ stealth fighter jet the regime unveiled last week looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly.