TEHRAN, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Army's Air Force commander said on Thursday that the Islamic republic had become self-sufficient in the production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, and aimed to make further progress in the field, Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported.
Making the remarks in the northwestern city of Tabriz, Hamid Vahedi said the Air Force had made good progress in UAV production and had created the Kaman 12 and Kaman 22, two strategic and valuable UAVs, in addition to other drones developed by the Defense Ministry.
Iran is among the region's top UAV manufacturers and its capability in UAV manufacturing is growing day by day, he added.
According to the commander, recent tests have shown that Iran's UAVs are not only capable of carrying out reconnaissance missions, but also hitting targets with precision weapons.
During a two-day drill last month, the Iranian Army tested a variety of homemade UAVs by using them to hit mock targets with precision weapons. ■