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Iranians attend a rally displaying a Shahed-129 Iranian drone, Tehran, Iran, Feb. 11, 2016 (AP photo by Ebrahim Noroozi).

How Iran Is Deploying Its Drone Program at Home and Abroad

Friday, July 7, 2017

On June 20, Pakistani officials announced that an air force fighter had shot down an Iranian drone in Baluchistan province. The same day, Pentagon officials said an American fighter jet had shot down an Iranian-made drone that was approaching U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in southeastern Syria. The two incidents highlighted Iran’s increasing operational deployment of its drones. In an email interview, Ariane Tabatabai, visiting assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, describes the evolution of Iran’s drone program and its importance to the country’s defense sector.

WPR: What progress has Iran made in developing its drone technology in recent years, and especially its attack drone technology? ...

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