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By YAAKOV LAPPIN AND ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
Israeli arms expert says air defenses can deal with drone; states “Iranians tend to greatly exaggerate their abilities”.
Iran unveiled a new drone on Monday, saying the domestically built machine, named “Fotros,” was the largest ever produced and had a range of more than 2,000 km, enough to reach Israel and most of the Middle East.
The drone was put on display at the headquarters of the Iranian Armed Forces Aviation Industries Organization in Tehran for a ceremony attended by the country’s defense minister, Brig.-Gen. Hossein Dehqan, according to Iran’s Press TV.
The drone can stay in the air for 30 hours and has attack and surveillance capabilities, Dehqan announced, according to the Fars News Agency.
“This strategic drone has an operational range of 2,000 kilometers, and can fly to a ceiling of 25,000 feet in altitude for 16 to 30 hours,” said Dehqan, adding that its test results had been better than expected.
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