Is Iran's "Kia" Spy Drone a Real Threat or a Joke?

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January 8, 2020 Topic: Security Region: Middle East Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: UAVDronesIranKia DroneSpy DroneIranian Air Force

Is Iran's "Kia" Spy Drone a Real Threat or a Joke?

Here's what we know.

Key point: Tehran has its own drones, but they aren't as good as America's.

 

TEHRAN – Iran has unveiled the Kia high-precision drone that can locate and attack targets far from the country's borders, according to officials. Al Jazeera News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

9 Sept. 2019 -- Iranian Brig. Gen. Alireza Sabahifard displayed the unmanned aerial vehicle (unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)) at a ceremony in the capital, Tehran, saying it can fly more than 620 miles and climb to an altitude of 16,000 feet, according to state media.

The jet-propelled drone comes in two models capable of surveillance and reconnaissance missions and continuous flight for precision missions.

The unveiling of the drone comes at a time of mounting tensions with the United States, which have escalated since last year when US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers.

This article by John Keller originally appeared on Military & Aerospace Electronics in 2019.

Image: Reuters.