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Senior Commander: IRGC Ground Force Building New Combat Drone.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour announced that his forces are building a new drone for combat missions.

"The self-sufficiency jihad organization (affiliated to the IRGC's Ground Force) is building a combat drone which has been tested and is being prepared gradually," Pakpour told FNA on Wednesday.

"The combat drone is armed with RPGs without any back blast as the back blast posed a problem for the drones, but it has fortunately been resolved," he added.

Asked about the IRGC Ground Force's use of drones for monitoring and safeguarding Iranian borders, Pakpour said, "The IRGC Ground Force's drones are carrying out day and night missions in the Northwestern, Eastern and Western parts of the country."

The IRGC on Sunday unveiled a home-made high-explosive mine and test-fired an anti-cruise missile in a ceremony attended by General Pakpour.

Among the weapons test-fired was a rotating three-cylinder cannon, 'Asefeh', which was unveiled a few months ago and can be used to target and destroy incoming cruise missiles and hostile flying objects in low altitudes.

Another system which was unveiled and test-fired was 'Ramait' high-explosive roadside mine which can destroy an armored column within a radius of 100-150 meters with high precision.

Also a solo weapon, 'Fateh', was the third system unveiled this afternoon. Fateh is an Iran-made sniper rifle that fires 5.56mm bullets.

"Ramait roadside mine which enjoys good capabilities will be mass-produced tomorrow," Pakpour told FNA.

He added that other systems tested on Sunday are also ready for mass-production.

The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran's wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, specially at a time of heightened threats by the US.

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