Iran threatens: Our ‘specially designed’ suicide aircraft can strike Tel Aviv and Haifa

Top Iranian commander announces new long-range suicide drones designed to strike as far as Tel Aviv.

By World Israel News Staff

Iran has developed a new long-range drone aircraft capable of striking Israeli cities, a senior Iranian military official claimed Monday.

Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari, chief of the Iranian military’s ground forces, was quoted in a report by the semi-official Iranian news outlet Mehr News Monday morning that a new drone aircraft, the Arash-2 – an upgrade of the Arash-1 – was designed to increase its range, allowing it to strike Israeli cities.

“We have specially designed this drone for Haifa and Tel Aviv. This is a unique drone that was developed for this task,” the general said, vowing Iran “will unveil this drone’s capabilities in future exercises.”

The new suicide drone, Heidari said, has unique capabilities, without offering details.

Less than two months ago, the Iranian navy unveiled its new drone carrier division, featuring offensive and surveillance aerial drones launched from seven vessels.

General Abdolrahim Mousavi claimed the division will extend Iran’s “long arm” by hundreds of kilometers.

Iran has made extensive use of military drones in recent years, opening a drone manufacturing plant in the central Asian country of Tajikistan.

In February, the U.S. Air Force shot down two Iranian drone aircraft flying in Iraqi airspace en route to Israel.

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The unmanned aerial vehicles, Shahed 136s, were en route to Israel on Feb. 14 when they were downed near the Iraqi city of Erbil. The Shahed 136 is a “kamikaze” drone with an estimated range of 2,000 km (1,242 miles) that self-destructs upon hitting its target. The drone is capable of loitering over targets before striking.

That same month, Iran reportedly suffered the loss of hundreds of drones in an airbase in the western part of the country in an aerial strike by UAVs that it blamed on Israel. Jerusalem did not comment on the alleged attack, which Lebanese TV station Al Mayadeen said was launched from Kurdish-controlled territory in Iraq.