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Western military officials express concerned over Iran's growing interest in UAVs

Iran plans to test unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and short-range missiles as the country looks for new resources to try and pressure the western world.  The new UAV venture was recently introduced during a press conference in Iran, with the country also announcing its interested in unmanned helicopters.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi confirmed the use of long-range UAVs in Iran's growing fleet of aircraft.  The country confirmed in early spring that it wanted to develop UAVs, with early development starting in February.

"The long-range UAV named 'Karrar' will be unveiled on this day," Vahidi noted during a press conference earlier in the week.   

The country also has a short-range UAV in development that will fly 400 to 500 meters in altitude and should be designed as a "stealth aircraft."

The United States military has opened up UAV technology to allies, but what they have access to is supposed to be relatively restricted.  Meanwhile, Iran's initial announcement of UAV development drew immediate criticism from some western military leaders weary of Iranian unmanned technological developments.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted Iran could create "difficulties" in Iraq and Afghanistan for the U.S. and coalition forces.  Even though Iran will be unable to compete head-to-head with U.S.-made UAVs, there is concern Iran could loan UAV use to organized terror groups.

Since steadily building its military effectiveness since the early 1990s, Iran has attempted to reassure the world that its development of tanks, missiles, fighter jets and armored military transports are for defensive purposes only.

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2 things
By Dr of crap on 8/19/2010 10:27:34 AM , Rating: 2
"for defensive purposes only" -
Defence from whom? - I know that the Mid-east is not a very calm area - but are the Iranians under fire?
I just love when they say "this is for defence of our country". What a load of crap!

"huge majority of its population well under 30 years of age. most of this population doesn't side with it's government" -
Great country to grow old in!! And they stone people that don't follow the "bible law" there. Great coutry!

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By omnicronx on 8/19/10, Rating: 0
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By Suntan on 8/19/2010 12:54:14 PM , Rating: 2
Why do terrorists need UAV's? They already have endless supplies of USB's.

(Unintelligent Sacrificial Bombers)


RE: 2 things
By hosps on 8/19/2010 5:07:37 PM , Rating: 3
Israel HAS attacked other countries in the middle east without direct provocation. (Iraq and Syria)

While the attacks maybe justified by Israel, it only goes to enforces Iran's resolve to prevent Israel from attacking them.

RE: 2 things
By bug77 on 8/22/2010 3:18:11 PM , Rating: 2
The US maybe? Heck, Isriel is just as likely to attack Iran at this point... After all, they were named as part of the "Axis of Evil", and they saw Iraq invaded under false pretenses...

I get it. So Iran has just been defending itself since 20 years before the above happened?

Seriously, what good can come from a stronger Iran?

RE: 2 things
By Murloc on 8/19/2010 2:06:31 PM , Rating: 4
who should switzerland defend against?
we got an army though!

it's normal to have an army for defensive purpose.

The US on the other hand have an army for aggressive purposes. But no, no one says nothing.

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By Ammohunt on 8/19/2010 2:27:14 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't call a bunch of warma bruders on bicycles an Army. America projects power via their military that is not the same as naked aggression. YOur way of life in Switzerland and Western civilization would most likely not exist as it does today if it wasn't for the American Military...your welcome.

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By ClownPuncher on 8/19/2010 7:36:16 PM , Rating: 4
Don't expect any thanks unless you did the work yourself. My grandpa would probably bite off your balls and throw you like a grenade if he saw you taking credit for a war you didn't participate in.

RE: 2 things
By Ammohunt on 8/20/2010 11:30:23 AM , Rating: 2
Not everyone that posts here is a self hating American peacenik some of us actually served in the US Military and are proud of our service and that of their fathers service in the Korean and Vietnam War and his fathers service in WWI all the way back to the revolutionary war. Your welcome...

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By ClownPuncher on 8/20/2010 12:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
My welcome? What does that even mean? Oh, you mean "you're", I guess you can thank my family for protecting your right to butcher our native language, because my family has the same service record.

You didn't fight in WW2, don't pretend you did. Nobody will thank you for it, because you didn't do a goddamn thing.

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By Ammohunt on 8/20/2010 2:09:39 PM , Rating: 2
Learn to read. never once did i take credit for serving in WWII which should be obvious to even the average person with downs syndrome; how many 80-90 year old do you see posting to tech websites? Just FYI Merchant Marines aren't a branch of the US Military.

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By ClownPuncher on 8/20/2010 2:36:18 PM , Rating: 2
You can't say "You're welcome" for things you had no part in. It was obvious you weren't in WW2, which was why I was basically calling your a classless fool.

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By Ammohunt on 8/20/2010 3:34:18 PM , Rating: 2
As an ex member of the US Military i can tell a Swiss person he is welcome for my service in the greastest military in the world for the simple fact that becasue if it wasn't for people like me and those who have previously served there is a good chance that Switerzerland wouldn't be the country it is today. So imagine that! here we have come full circle back to my original blatantly obvious point before you opened your mouth to prove you are indeed what you try to label me as...a fool.

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By SunTzu on 8/20/2010 7:30:54 PM , Rating: 2
I assume you have a deep seated love for France then, seeing as how they basically made you a country and bought your independence? Entering WW2 after being attacked doesnt really give you the right to pretend to have saved us, sorry.

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By Ammohunt on 8/21/2010 1:04:02 AM , Rating: 2
A mistake we won't make again i hope.

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By SunTzu on 8/23/2010 8:45:48 AM , Rating: 2
Being saved by the French? I hope not.

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By ClownPuncher on 8/20/2010 7:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
You didn't provide a service to the Europeans, the people before you did. Have respect for them and don't take credit for their actions.

It's like when your family buys a gift for someone else, yet you didn't contribute to buying or making the gift, yet you think you deserve the credit anyway because it's from the family.

P.S. Thank you for serving our country recently. I respect that, just don't expect any of the kudos for WW2 to fall in your lap. I call it tact.

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By Ammohunt on 8/21/2010 1:08:27 AM , Rating: 2
If you haven't been there you can't understand the esprit de corps the ARMY is a family i don't take credit for what my father did or my brothers in WWII i take pride in being part of the organization that did.

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By themengsk176 on 8/19/2010 8:36:42 PM , Rating: 2
Defense from whom?

The US has them surrounded with bases in every adjacent country.

Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, we have ships in their gulf, etc.

I'd say they have obvious justification to be more than a little defensive.

By cokbun on 8/19/2010 10:06:06 AM , Rating: 2
i wouldn't call R/C model planes with a handgun strap on it UAV's

RE: really?
By smackababy on 8/19/2010 10:07:20 AM , Rating: 2
hey! there is a webcam on there!

RE: really?
By BladeVenom on 8/19/2010 11:46:01 AM , Rating: 2
You could buy 10,000 of those for what one of ours costs. "Quantity has a quality all of its own."

RE: really?
By xkrakenx on 8/19/2010 1:46:27 PM , Rating: 2
I welcome it. We need lots of practice targets for the laser systems we'll be deploying in the middle east. pew! pew!

RE: really?
By Ammohunt on 8/19/2010 2:20:02 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking along the lines of goats on hang-gliders.

Playing on fear to increase funding?
By sascham on 8/19/2010 6:41:08 PM , Rating: 2
This article yesterday by the same reporter.


Department of Homeland Security May Be Unable to Launch Full UAV Fleet Until 2024

The Department of Homeland Security will likely have to wait a while before having a full UAV fleet.<br/>The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it needs a fleet of 24 unmanned aerial vehicles to properly patrol the U.S. borders and aid in national disaster relief, security officials now say.<br/>The DHS would rather complete its anticipated UAV fleet as quickly as possible, but is only receiving enough funds to purchase one Predator aircraft every year.

Seems a little too convenient we now get this article about some scary Muslim nation beating the U.S. to the punch.

RE: Playing on fear to increase funding?
By Mk4ever on 8/19/2010 9:31:16 PM , Rating: 2
Funny how you squeezed the capitalized word "Muslim" into your sentence!

Does a US enemy have to be muslim now? The words enemy or, as you said, scary are not enough anymore?

North Korea is also a muslim country? How about Vietnam? Japan maybe??

I really wonder why you would include it in your post, as it really has no significance to the US what religion their enemies or allies follow.

By sascham on 8/20/2010 12:09:51 AM , Rating: 2
I really wonder why you would include it in your post, as it really has no significance to the US what religion their enemies or allies follow.

True. I just thought I'd use it for increased Fear Factor - as that was the point I was making.

By Xpl1c1t on 8/19/2010 10:07:14 AM , Rating: 3
the country looks for new resources to try and pressure the western world

this absolutely does not convince me.
all countries want uavs , few have the ability to engineer them. Iran is incredibly well educated with a huge majority of its population well under 30 years of age. most of this population doesn't side with it's government. you should not gloss over this and say "the country" throughout your articles.

RE: no
By Grabo on 8/21/2010 1:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
Majority under 30 yes, eductated I don't know, but it'll be interesting to see what happens in the next election. 'Interesting times'.

"Stealth" UAV
By nafhan on 8/19/2010 10:08:21 AM , Rating: 2
The country also has a short-range UAV in development that will fly 400 to 500 meters in altitude and should be designed as a "stealth aircraft."
Balsa wood = "stealth aircraft". I think I can pick up one of these from a local hobby shop...
A UAV in and of itself (even a stealth one) isn't much of an achievement. UAVs have been around since WWII. The capabilities and degree of automation are what will make this meaningfull (or not).

By LyricalGenius on 8/19/2010 10:31:12 AM , Rating: 2
Did Jason ghost-write this article by any chance?

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