Iran Shows Off Drone Capabilities During Army Day Parade

Iran Shows Off Drone Capabilities During Army Day Parade

Perfect Post for Loitering Munition Monday.


Iran has showcased much of its country’s newest drone capabilities during its Army Day Parade today in Tehran. In the article, I am going to touch upon each weapons system that was seen and provide some details into the system if know. Before I begin, here is some footage from the parade itself:

And here is some more:


As you can tell, there is a lot being shown in the footage. I am going to cover each system shown and provide a picture to make it easier to see.


The first drone system to be shown is Iran’s new “Kaman-22” UCAV. Back in February, Iranian Air Force commanding officer Aziz Nasirzadeh told state-affiliated media that the drone is an upgrade from their Kaman-12 systems, allowing for it to carry a 300 kg (660 lbs) payload, have a range of about 3,000 km (1,900 mi), and have a flight endurance of 24+ hours. Other than size and endurance capabilities, the Kaman-22 features upgraded optical and electronic warfare packages as compared to the Kaman-12. Looking at the design and shape of the drone, it is undoubtedly based on the American MQ-9 Reaper. 



A predecessor to the Kaman-22, the Kaman-12 can operate as either a combat or ISR drone system. The drone has a range of about 1,000 km and can carry a payload up to 100kg with a 10+ hour flight time. Several Kaman-12 platforms were shown off in various paint schemes. The one above is for Iran’s Navy. There really isn’t anything too special about this system as its just a run of the mill, medium sized drone platform.



One drone that stuck out was the new Ababil-5 system. Not much is known about its capabilities, but its likely an improvement of the Ababil-4 and Ababil-3 drone systems in regards to flight time and payload size.



The Ababil-4 UCAV is still relatively new and unknown, having only been showcased for the first time last year. It is believed to be an improvement of the Ababil-3, being better suited for combat capabilities.



The Ababil-3 (AB3) is an ISR drone that has seen extensive use by Iran and its proxies across the Middle East and Africa since 2008, making it the oldest system shown here. The AB3 has a range of about 100km and a max speed of 195 kph. While armed version of the AB3 were made, the focus was shifted towards the AB4 platform.


IAI Harop clone

As you may have all guessed, I find this to be the most interesting. Absolutely nothing is known about, such as its capabilities, payloads, etc. To me, this is a clear copy of the Israeli IAI Harop. During the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War, an Azerbaijani Harop accidentally crashed in Iran, which provided the perfect opportunity to examine and reverse engineer the system.


 HESA Karrar 

The Karrar is a turbojet-powered drone used to deliver general purpose bombs and/or missiles. The system has a range of 1,00km and a top speed of 900 km/h.


An Iranian classic, the Mohajer-6 is a UCAV that can have a 100kg payload, an operating range of 200 km, a max speed of 200 km/h, and an endurance of 12 hours. The drone has most recently been used by Ethiopian forces against Tigrayan rebels.


Kian Platform

There are two versions of this drone system: Kian-1 and Kian-2. The Kian-1 is designed to be a flying target meant to draw out enemy anti-air defenses. The Kian-2 is twice as big and operates as a loitering munition, but its payload size is unclear.


Raad-85 Loitering Munition

This appears to be a redesign of the Raad-85 to now have delta wings, as compared to previous straight wing deigns similar to the Mohajer platforms. The system has a max speed of 250 km/h and a range of 100km.

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