Iran has escalated its UAV program in recent years, focusing on weaponizing drones to augment the regime’s other capabilities and proxy forces. Meanwhile, a top Iranian drone engineer was assassinated under unclear circumstances.
Dr. Ayoob Entezari was discovered dead after catching food poisoning.
According to Iranian media agencies, a top Iranian aerospace expert who worked on drone development died of food poisoning.
Although Israel’s national intelligence organization, Mossad, was referenced in some stories about Dr. Ayoob Entezari’s death, Iranian authorities have yet to implicate Israel of killing the scientist.
Entezari is a PhD student in aerospace engineering at Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology.
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According to a research by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Iran has escalated its UAV program in recent years, focusing “on weaponizing drones to augment the regime’s other capabilities and proxy forces.”
According to the report, the drone program has become a valuable weapon for the Iranian regime in its aspirations to destabilize the area, “even matching the country’s troubling precision and ballistic missile programs.”
The scientist’s death follows the assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force leader Col. Sayyad Khodai last month. According to a New York Times article, Israel informed the US that it was responsible for the assassination.
Col. Ali Esmailzadeh, an intimate colleague of Khodai’s, was assassinated on Thursday after being accused of espionage.
According to sources cited by the Saudi-backed Iran International, Esmailzadeh, a member of Iran’s Quds Force unit 840, perished after falling from the rooftop of his home in Karaj on Monday, May 30.