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Iran reveals secret underground UAV base

Iranian state television on May 28 released a video of a secret base, storing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under the Zagros Mountains in the west of the country.

According to a video released by Iran’s PressTV television channel, the exact location of the base located in the Zagros Mountains has not been revealed, although the PressTV reporter said he traveled by helicopter for nearly 40 minutes from the city. Kermanshah to reach the base.

This reporter then met Major General Mohammad Bagheri – Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, and Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi – Commander of the Iranian Army, at the base in the Zagros Mountains, where it is believed to be located. “More than 100 combat, reconnaissance and attack UAVs are kept by the Iranian military”.

Major General Bagheri described the site as a “safe operating base for strategic unmanned aerial vehicles”. “We never underestimate threats, we never assume the enemy is asleep. We are always vigilant and alert,” he added.

Major General Mousavi revealed that the base is located “a few hundred meters underground”, but did not give more details.

Video of secret underground UAV base published by Iranian TV

The Iranian military also announced for the first time two new military achievements at the secret base, called the strategic UAV base 313. The first achievement is the Heidar 1 cruise missile, with a range of up to 200km, reaching the target. It has a maximum speed of 1,000 km/h and is the first cruise missile capable of launching from a UAV. The second achievement is the Heidar 2 cruise UAV that can be mounted on a helicopter.

General Bagheri also emphasized the importance of UAVs in modern warfare and said that the Iranian military always appreciates the role of using new methods and equipment in future conflicts. According to him, UAVs are becoming more and more important in defense and attack operations on land, at sea and in the air, as well as in reconnaissance, electronic warfare, cargo transport and dozens of missions. other activities.

The revelation of the secret base comes a day after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized two Greek oil tankers in the Gulf, in retaliation for the US seizure of Iranian oil from Iran. An oil tanker off the coast of Greece.

The arrests have raised tensions at a sensitive time, as Iran and world powers are seeking to revive a nuclear deal that former US President Donald Trump abandoned and re-imposed sanctions. sanctions against Tehran.

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