iran: Iran exhibits off underground drone base, however not its location – Occasions of India



TEHRAN: The Iranian military has given some particulars – however not the precise location – of an underground base for its army drones, state media reported on Saturday, amid simmering tensions within the Gulf. State TV mentioned 100 drones have been being stored within the coronary heart of the Zagros mountains, together with Ababil-5, which it mentioned have been fitted with Qaem-9 missiles, an Iranian-made model of air-to-surface U.S. Hellfire. “Little doubt the drones of Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces are the area’s strongest,” military commander Main Normal Abdolrahim Mousavi mentioned. “{Our capability} to improve drones is unstoppable,” he added. The Iranian state TV correspondent mentioned he had made the 45-minute helicopter flight on Thursday from Kermanshah in western Iran to a secret underground drone web site. He was allowed to take blindfolds off solely upon arrival on the base, he mentioned. TV footage confirmed rows of drones fitted with missiles in a tunnel, which it mentioned was a number of hundred metres underground. The TV report got here a day after Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized two Greek tankers within the Gulf, in an obvious retaliation for the confiscation of Iranian oil by the USA from a tanker held off the Greek coast. Greek authorities final month impounded the Iranian-flagged Pegas, with 19 Russian crew members on board, because of European Union sanctions. The US later confiscated the Iranian oil cargo held onboard and plans to ship it to the USA on one other vessel. The Pegas was later launched, however the seizure infected tensions at a fragile time, with Iran and world powers searching for to revive a nuclear deal that former U.S. President Donald Trump deserted, reimposing sanctions on Tehran.