Iran has developed drones with a range of 7,000 km (4,375 miles), Iranian state media said on Sunday, citing the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, a development that can be seen by Washington as a threat to regional stability.
Tehran’s claim comes as Iran and six major powers are in talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal that former US President Donald Trump left three years ago and imposed sanctions. Independent observers and the media are not allowed to verify such claims.
Western military analysts say Iran sometimes exaggerates its capabilities, but drones are a key part of Tehran’s surveillance and power projection, especially in the Gulf waters around the Strait of Hormuz, through which transits one fifth of the world’s oil supply.
Iran and the regional forces it supports have increasingly used drones in Yemen, Syria and Iraq in recent years. The Houthis of Yeme often launch armed drones of Iranian origin against targets in Saudi Arabia.
“We have unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) with a long range of 7,000 kilometers. They can fly, return home and land where they are intended,” said the commander-in-chief of the Guards Hossein Salami, quoted by the state agency. media.
US President Joe Biden is seeking to revive and possibly expand the nuclear pact to place tighter limits on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, as well as restrict its activities.
Tehran has ruled out ballistic missile negotiations and its role in the Middle East, where Shiite-led Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia have been involved in proxy wars.
With Reuters report