“The atmosphere currently created by the world of arrogance (the United States and its allies) regarding the use of Iranian drones in the conflict in Ukraine is part of the enemy’s psychological warfare,” said Major General Mohammad Bagheri, head of state. Major General of the Army. Iranian army, he said, quoted by the Tasnim news agency. . “Although many of the accusations may be false, they show the effectiveness and high level of the Islamic Republic in the field of drones,” he added.
Earlier, the West imposed sanctions against several Iranian companies and high-ranking officials, including General Bagheri. Iran began producing drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the 1980s during the eight-year war with Iraq. The United States and Israel, sworn enemies of the Islamic Republic, accuse Tehran of sending fleets of drones to its allies in the Middle East, including Lebanese Hezbollah, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
According to Bagheri, Iran will continue to develop UAVs: “The country’s armed forces will continue to grow and develop their drones (…), we will cooperate with other countries in the field of drones,” he said. “Our drone systems are one of the first in the world in terms of precision, durability, continuity, functionality and performance of various tasks”.