The Iran Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) released new aerial footage showing intense airstrikes conducted by home-made drones against the terrorist group of the Islamic state (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq.
The video shows ‘Shahed-129’ combat drone carrying out multiple airstrikes on ISIS positions in the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor, central Syria and along the borders with Iraq.
Furthermore, The IRGC Aerospace Commander said – in a televised interview on Wednesday night – that the US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE, and Qatar as well as the US aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf are all within reach of Iranian missiles.
He pointed to the US’ Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE, and Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, saying the bases used to be threats to Iran but are now “opportunities.”
The Shahed 129 is an Iranian single-engine medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) designed by Shahed Aviation Industries for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Shahed 129 is capable of combat and reconnaissance missions and has an endurance of 24 hours. In size, shape and role, it is similar to the American MQ-1 Predator drone.
#BREAKING: Finally after 2 years, #IRGC Aerospace Force revealed videos of use of its Shahed-129 UCAVs against #ISIL/ #Daesh in #Iraq & #Syria between 2014 & 2017. All of #IRGC's Shahed-129s were shot-down by #USAF F-15Es or destroyed during #Israel Air Force airstrikes in 2017/8 pic.twitter.com/LWjMl4nu0c
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) November 21, 2018