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May 12, 2013 8:22 pm

Experts on New Iranian Drone: It Can Fly, But That is It

avatar by Zach Pontz

Iran's "Hamaseh" drone. Photo: Fars.

Iran’s recently unveiled drone, dubbed “Hamaseh,” may look pretty, but Western analysts say it’s capabilities are hardly what the Iranians claim them to be.

“The Iranians say it can ‘avoid detection by the enemy thanks to its stealth features’, but based on visual impression of the aircraft shown in flight, the overall shape and non-stealth features such as the non retractable landing gear, wing strakes (beefing up the hard-points) would negate signature reduction to a level considered ‘stealthy’ by western standards,” writes the website Defense Update.

The Aviationist was more succinct when it wrote: “If not stealthy, at least it is capable to fly.”

The drone was unveiled in a ceremony Thursday attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.

Iran’s state-run news outlet Press TV quotes Vahidi as saying the “drone has been built by defense industry experts and is simultaneously capable of surveillance, reconnaissance and missile and rocket attacks.”

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