Iran Mass-Producing ScanEagle Replicas

Iran has for the first time released images of the production line of an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) which is manufacturing copies of the US ScanEagle.

The domestically-manufactured UAS have been put into service by the Iranian Armed Forces.

On December 17, 2012, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said Iran launched the production line of ScanEagles, adding the IRGC Naval and Aerospace Division has been employing the UAS.

Fadavi announced on December 4 that a US ScanEagle UAS had been captured by Iranian forces over the Persian Gulf upon the aircraft’s intrusion into the Iranian airspace.

Iran has already released footage of the captured aircraft, which has a 10ft (3m) wingspan and is a long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.

Iranian experts have successfully decoded data extracted from the unmanned aircraft.

Source: Press TV

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