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Iran Unveils New Suicide Drone In Wake Of Sanctions

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The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has unveiled a new suicide drone, engineered to fly into targets and detonate upon impact, similar to those employed by Russia in the Ukrainian conflict.

The announcement was made through the IRGC-linked Tasnim news agency, which also released a video showcasing the yet-to-be-named drone, drawing comparisons to Russia’s Zala Lancet model first produced in 2020.

The new drone reportedly resembles the Lancet in its capabilities, expected to have a flight endurance between 30 to 60 minutes, carry a payload of 3 to 6 kilograms, and achieve a range of up to 40 kilometers.

Iran’s history with drone technology has been marked by its extensive provision of Shahed-type drones to Russia, which have been deployed against civilian targets and residential areas in Ukraine, which has led to global sanctions on the regime.

Furthermore, Iran’s recent actions include an unprecedented assault on Israel using 350 missiles and suicide drones, although they were successfully intercepted by Israel and a US-led coalition.

Additionally, drones supplied to Iranian proxy groups in Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon have repeatedly targeted US forces, Israeli territories, and maritime assets in strategic waters, inflicting damage and escalating regional tensions.

The deployment of the new drone technology occurs in the wake of new sanctions imposed by the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States, aimed at curtailing Iran’s missile and drone production capabilities.

In response, Nasser Kanaani, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, criticized the sanctions, asserting that they would not impede the ongoing development of Iran’s drone industry.