TEHRAN -- Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has unveiled one of its new kamikaze drones, dubbed Me’raj 504, which is specialized in attacking enemy’s defense systems, Tasnim news agency reported.
The new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been designed and produced by the IRGC’s Ground Force and is capable of carrying a 2.5kg explosive payload over 100 kilometers. It uses a reciprocating engine for propulsion.
The new drone is an upgrade of the IRGC’s former Me’raj 214 UAV, which was also used to target enemy’s air defense systems.
The new model has greatly decreased the design and manufacturing cost of this line of drones, which are now being operated by the IRGC’s Ground Force.
The new development came only a day after the IRGC’s Aerospace Force unveiled two missile and drone tunnel bases built at the heart of high mountains.
The bases house ground-to-ground missile systems with advanced equipment, as well as attack drones that can penetrate the enemy’s radar and defense networks.
They are also home to unmanned aerial vehicles with a range of 2,000 kilometers, two-missile launch platforms and multi-drone launch platforms, which were unveiled during the IRGC’s Great Prophet 17 joint military exercises in Iran’s southern shore in December 2021.
Addressing a ceremony to unveil the bases, the commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division said the country can simultaneously launch 60 unmanned aerial vehicles from its newly unveiled underground base with no target limitation.
Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said 60 drones can fly from the base at the same time without any limitation on the targets because the “range of the unmanned aircraft is long and not limited.”
“We can hit any hostile target,” Hajizadeh emphasized.