Iran pumps up “huge” offensive train with as many as 50 drones

A show (non-flying) model of an Iranian "Saegheh" drone primarily based on the US RQ-170 Sentinel. [credit: Iran TV ] Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division staged what Iranian state media described as "huge drone drills" on March 14, together with coordinated offensive operations with dozens of flying-wing drones primarily based on the Lockheed RQ-170 Sentinel, captured by Iran in 2011, and Iranian copies of the Normal Atomics MQ-1 Predator. Through the train, known as "In the direction of al-Quds" (al-Quds is the Arabic title for Jerusalem), a complete of about 50 drones—together with "Saegheh" unmanned fight aerial automobiles primarily based on the RQ-170's flying wing design—have been utilized in a coordinated air strike on coaching targets 1,000 kilometers (about 600 miles) from their launch web site. The Saegheh is way smaller than the RQ-170, with a wingspan of about six meters (about 20 toes). It has been proven carrying Sadid-1 TV-guided antitank missiles on its stomach in static shows, and it doesn't seem to have touchdown gear—in contrast to a fiberglass reproduction of the RQ-170 that was displayed 5 years in the past. There are two variants of the Saegheh: one makes use of a piston-driven propeller for thrust, whereas the opposite makes use of a small turbofan engine. The Saegheh drone in flight demonstrations. Video from Iran's PressTV confirmed guided bombs being dropped from different sorts of Iranian drones however didn't present weapons launched from the Saegheh drones. The video claimed 50 of the RQ-170 knockoffs have been used within the train, whereas the textual content of the article printed by PressTV stated "dozens" in a headline, after which the precise textual content of the article said 10 Saegheh drones have been used. So simply what number of have been flown is left as an train for the reader's creativeness. Learn 1 remaining paragraphs | Feedback