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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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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.

quote:

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
quote:
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.


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