IRGC Exhibits UK, US Drones Seized over Iran’s Territory
By Staff, Agencies
The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps [IRGC] displayed a number of American and British drones captured for violating Iran’s airspace.
In an exhibition in Tehran on Saturday, the IRGC showcased a British unmanned aerial vehicle, named Phoenix, seized by its Aerospace Division.
Phoenix is an all-weather, day or night, real-time combat surveillance drone. The twin-boom UAV provides surveillance through its surveillance pod, from which the imagery is data linked to a ground control station [GCS] that also controls the aircraft in flight. It has also a maximum flight time of around five hours.
The drone, powered by a 20 kW piston engine, had a maximum speed of 166 km/h and a wingspan of 5.6 meters.
The IRGC also displayed the Aerosonde HQ vertical take-off and landing drone belonging to the US Army used for multi-intelligence payloads such as electronic warfare and communications relay in a single flight.
Aerosonde has been designed for expeditionary land- and sea-based operations and equipped for simultaneous day/night full-motion video. It is field-proven with more than 300,000 flight hours, including desert heat and Arctic cold.
It is equipped with an easy-to-use launch and recovery trailer for constrained land and shipboard operations.
Desert Hawk was another American drone showcased in the exhibition. It has a length of 0.86 meters with a weight of 3.2 kg. It has an endurance of about an hour with an electric motor driving a quiet pusher propeller.
In June, Iran shot down an intruding American spy drone in the country’s southern coastal province of Hormozgan.
The IRGC said in a statement that the US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force near the Kouh-e Mobarak region — which sits in the central district of Jask County — after the aircraft violated Iranian airspace.