Who? Islamic Republic of Iran.
What? An unmanned long-range drone named Karrar was inaugurated by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Where? The unveiling ceremony took place in Tehran in the presence of several senior military and religious figures.
When? The drone was presented to media and general public on the National Defence Day of Iran on Sunday, 22 August.
Why? Iranian president insisted his country is strengthening itself to defend peace. “This jet is a messenger of honour and human generosity and a saviour of mankind, before being a messenger of death for enemies of mankind,” President Ahmadinejad said after unveiling the Karrar at a ceremony with defence officials. He also added that Iran must make efforts to render all the enemy’s weapons useless with its defence capabilities. Iran faces potential aggression from Israel over its nuclear programme.
How? The four-metre-long unmanned aircraft named ‘Karrar’, which means striker in Persian, is capable of carrying two 115kg bombs to a range of 1,000kms. Iran has been manufacturing its own arms including tanks, missiles, armoured personnel carriers and jet fighters since late 1980s to bolster its defences.