Ali Akbar Dareini
October 30, 2012
Iran has images of sensitive Israeli military bases taken by a drone that was launched by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and downed by Israel earlier this month, a senior Iranian lawmaker claimed yesterday.
It was the latest boast from Tehran about purported advances in the capabilities of its unmanned aircraft. The announcement gave no details about the photos – other than calling the Israeli bases “forbidden sites” – but it suggested Iranian drones have the ability to transmit data while in flight. It also appeared to be a warning to Israel about the options for retaliation for any possible strikes on Iranian nuclear sites.
Ismaeil Kowsari, a prominent lawmaker, was also quoted as saying that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah possesses more sophisticated Iranian-made drones than the one that was downed, including some that could carry weapons. There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials.