Iran offered everyone a glimpse into their military might. But their show of force occurred at a time when tensions between Iran and the governments of Israel and the United States are soaring. Nonetheless, here we take a look inside Iran’s secret underground drone base.
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The Iranian army has granted a glimpse inside its new underground drone facility in a brazen display of military might at a time when tensions are rising.
The exact whereabouts of the facility was not revealed, although it is reported to be hidden hundreds of meters below somewhere within the Zagros Mountains, a roughly thousand-mile-long region that stretches over most of western Iran.
A Saturday broadcast on Iran state television presented “Strategic UAV Base 313.” During the 45-minute helicopter ride to the site, the journalist was blindfolded.
“No doubt the drones of Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces are the region’s most powerful,” stated Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. “Our capability to upgrade drones is unstoppable.”
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The show of force occurred at a time when tensions between Iran and the governments of Israel and the United States are soaring:
- The US Air Force would assist Israel in a rehearsal simulating a large attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to Israeli media on May 17.
- A senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officer was murdered in Tehran by Israel on May 22.
- The US government, with the assistance of Greece, confiscated oil from an Iranian oil vessel on May 24. Iran responded by arresting two Greek tankers in the Persian Gulf on May 27.
The Iranian television piece, which broadcast on Saturday, depicted a tunneled facility equipped with an estimated 100 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Among them are the Ababil-5 drones, that were initially shown off at a military show in April. The Ababil-5 UAVs on show were equipped with Qaem-9 air-to-surface missiles, which are similar to the Hellfire missiles used by the US military.
“The Iranian military is rapidly developing its drone capabilities, and we are also producing new types of UAVs that can carry out all kinds of missions,” declared Mohammad Bagheri, Iran’s chief of staff of the armed forces.
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