Iran has masses of small drones, but do they work?

Iran showcased masses of small drones during an event on April 25. The event got some attention on social media among drone experts and those who follow technology.

But do they work? Iran has rapidly increased its drone arm in recent years, building on the legacy of Mohajer and Ababil and Shahed lines of drones. It has capable kamikaze drones that it exported as technology to the Houthis. It has even sent drone tech to Iraq and a drone was used in an attack on a US facility in Erbil. CENTCOM is concerned. But what about these little drones that have a 5-15kg warhead and range of 400km?

What we know: Deputy Chief of Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (C) is briefed on the new achievements developed by Iranian experts at the Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization of the Army Ground Force during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on April 25, 2021, Iran says.

“The ceremony also featured a flight system that is based on artificial intelligence and incorporates drones and a land-based Taha 1400 radar jamming system that can be carried by drones…

Taha 1400 system uses directional antennas to intelligently cover a wide area of ​​operation, and maintains the flight safety of various drones in the enemy’s locale. The system is smart and light, a low-voltage consumer and can be installed quickly and easily.”

Whether this works is questionable.

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