Air-Force First Photo of Iran KAMAN-22 UAV

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Allegedly the Kaman-22 has a range of more than 3000 km and 24 hours endurance..

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Previously;

Iran to Unveil Homegrown Kaman-22 Armed Drone This Month​

The aircraft will be an upgrade of the Kaman-12 drone first introduced in September 2020.​


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Iranian drones are seen during a large-scale drone combat exercise in Semnan in January, 2021. Image: AFP


Iran is scheduled to unveil its homegrown Kaman-22 armed drone this month, said Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force last week.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will be an upgrade of the Kaman-12 drone, which was first introduced in September last year. The improved aircraft will be able to carry 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of explosives, Nasirzadeh said.

Speaking during an online interview with Mehr News Agency, Nasirzadeh said professionals are being trained at Tehran’s Shahid Sattari Aeronautical University to operate the drone, and that exchange programs between Iranian students and Chinese and Pakistani institutions are underway.

A few days earlier, speaking at the 13th edition of Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru, Nasirzadeh said that his country reserves the right to develop drones equipped with nanotechnology and artificial intelligence as well as nanosatellites and airborne launchers.

Towards that end, Nasirzadeh mentioned the recent launch of an Iranian satellite-carrying rocket, Zuljanah, as an example to showcase his country’s achievements. He added that developing aerospace technology is in line with the country’s interest in maintaining independence and self-sufficiency.


Iran’s Drone Push

The announcement is the latest in a series of recent steps the Islamic Republic has taken to bolster its unmanned armed capabilities.

Earlier in January, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards undertook a two-day missile and drone drill in a central part of the country, which was the third military exercise in the month.

The drill was to test the indigenous drone’s “combat, surveillance, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare” capabilities over short and long distances.

Iran has a growing list of homegrown armed and unarmed drones to compensate for the air force’s loss of strength due to economic sanctions.

Speaking to Reuters, an unnamed US official said earlier this year that apart from surveillance work, Iranian drones are capable of dropping munitions and carrying out “kamikaze” flights when loaded with explosives.

Sharing Drone Tech With Proxies

Another dimension of the Iranian drone threat is the country’s collusion with proxies such as Hezbollah and the Houthis, with whom the Persian Gulf nation shares drone manufacturing know-how while also training them to operate the UAVs.

Due to Iranian assistance, these militias are now able to execute complex, integrated drone swarm and missile attacks such as that which was carried out on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities in Saudi Arabia in 2019.


https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/02/11/iran-to-unveil-kaman22-drone/
 

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I don't know the reason but Iran is frequently revealing many similar kind of drones that will be operated in similar missions. Most likely, This one will be a similar MALE type drone but they may have an agenda to enhance some features like payload in their new drones.
 

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I don't know the reason but Iran is frequently revealing many similar kind of drones that will be operated in similar missions. Most likely, This one will be a similar MALE type drone but they may have an agenda to enhance some features like payload in their new drones.

Looks like they are trying to develop something on the level of TB2, i wouldn't be surprised if it looks similar.
 

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Say what you like about Iran, but this is is very impressive given the amount of sanctions this country is suffering from and since 1979.
(Although I don't really believe that about the range)
 

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Did they actually use a gimbal on a MALE-Class drone lol. Doesnt really make me confident in this drone.
 

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A country where internal military institutions and branches compete with each other instead of working and cooperating like they should. How are they a functioning state? This seems not only grossly inefficient and a waste of resources but borderline dysfunctional and crippling. This is probably the reason why they keep shitting out drones left and right even though they either all seem the same or are barelly flyworthy at times.
 

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A country where internal military institutions and branches compete with each other instead of working and cooperating like they should. How are they a functioning state? This seems not only grossly inefficient and a waste of resources but borderline dysfunctional and crippling. This is probably the reason why they keep shitting out drones left and right even though they either all seem the same or are barelly flyworthy at times.

The Middle East for you where every branch competes with each other.

This is why they lack unity and cohesion. Honestly what a mess.
 

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To clarify for some regarding my discussions with Patarames;

Every branch of Iran's military has its own SSJ (Self Sufficiency Jihad) organisation tasked with well, self sufficiency. Part of the reason for their existence is to have some independence in the event of a coup or civil war. But their job is also to develop manufacturing and repair capacity in-house, so that in a total war where various institutions may be weakened or destroyed by enemy bombing, the military branches themselves won't be totally crippled.

The main criticism is of course, some SSJs are better than others. The IRGC's is the best, it makes the highest quality equipment including many of Iran's latest ballistic missiles. The IRIAF's isn't necessarily the worst - Basij and IRIA have made some truly ridiculous things - but they suffer from lack of funding, ambition, and leadership. Hence why their developments are not as modern as a 2020s air force's should be.

In my opinion SSJs should be limited mostly to repair (apart from IRGC and IRIN, whose SSJs are quite good) and curtail the majority of their work on new systems. They should also be more willing to share technical expertise. This way new equipment will be sourced from the most competent suppliers.
 

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To clarify for some regarding my discussions with Patarames;

Every branch of Iran's military has its own SSJ (Self Sufficiency Jihad) organisation tasked with well, self sufficiency. Part of the reason for their existence is to have some independence in the event of a coup or civil war. But their job is also to develop manufacturing and repair capacity in-house, so that in a total war where various institutions may be weakened or destroyed by enemy bombing, the military branches themselves won't be totally crippled.

The main criticism is of course, some SSJs are better than others. The IRGC's is the best, it makes the highest quality equipment including many of Iran's latest ballistic missiles. The IRIAF's isn't necessarily the worst - Basij and IRIA have made some truly ridiculous things - but they suffer from lack of funding, ambition, and leadership. Hence why their developments are not as modern as a 2020s air force's should be.

In my opinion SSJs should be limited mostly to repair (apart from IRGC and IRIN, whose SSJs are quite good) and curtail the majority of their work on new systems. They should also be more willing to share technical expertise. This way new equipment will be sourced from the most competent suppliers.
What are your views on this drone?
Any more info?
 

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by the simultaneous announcements of new self-made advanced weapons iran achieves the regional deterrence
 

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