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Iranian students build rescue drone
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An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. (File photo)
An
Iranian academic says a group of university students have built an
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) which specializes in rescue and relief
operations.



Head of the Khomeini-Shahr branch of the Islamic Azad University,
Khalifeh Soltani, announced on Monday that the drone has been built in a
period of seven months and has cost about USD 15,000.



“The aircraft is two meters long and has a wingspan of 2.8 meters
with a flying range of 50 kilometers,” IRIB news service quoted him as
saying.



Soltani further noted that the UAV weighs 12 kilograms and can fly for two hours at the maximum speed of 170 km/h.



He said locating and reporting the geographical position of the
injured people to the ground station, and taking as much as two
kilograms of food and medicine to them are among the tasks of the UAV.



Soltani stated that if mass produced, the UAV's production cost would be reduced to around USD 11,000 per unit.



Iran unveiled its first domestically-manufactured UAV named Karrar
in a ceremony marking Defense Industry Day on August 22, 2010.



The country also inaugurated the production line of two
domestically-built UAVs with bombing and reconnaissance capabilities on
the same occasion.



The two hi-tech drones named 'Ra'd' (Thunder) and 'Nazir'
(Harbinger) are capable of performing long-range reconnaissance,
patrolling, assault and bombing missions with high precision.



Iran also successfully tested a home-made radar-evading UAV in June 2009.
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