Iranian military leaders have unveiled a new line of attack drones which they say have been built with “unique capabilities that have been considered specifically to target Haifa and Tel Aviv”, two of Israel’s largest cities.
The drone, dubbed Arash 2, has been on display as part of wartime exercises organized by the Iranian army over the past week, according to a report in Iran’s state-controlled media on Monday. Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari, commander of Iran’s ground forces, said unmanned attack drones were vital to Tehran’s war machine.
Iran’s new armaments have been on public display as its leaders plan to enter a revamped version of the 2015 nuclear deal, which will unlock millions in assets that Iran is expected to use to bolster its regional terror operations and its missile networks. Israel is strongly opposed to the deal, saying it will increase the likelihood of a major attack on the Jewish state. Iran’s public disclosure of these drones is likely intended to deter a possible Israeli strike on its disputed nuclear sites.
Heidari told Iranian television that drones like the Arash 2 are a key pillar of the country’s offensive capabilities.
“Today we have drones with a strategic range and also a drone with a range of 2,000 kilometers,” Hedari said, indicating that the drones are more than capable of reaching Tel Aviv from Tehran. “Of course we also have drones with lower ranges in our inventory.”
The Arash 2 drone, the military chief added, “has been specifically designed to attack Haifa and Tel Aviv” and is ready “to start operating” on this mission. Further details of the drone will be revealed during upcoming military exercises, according to the report.
“Arash 2 has both seekers and is also equipped with seekers in addition to other unique abilities that it fetches itself multiple times until it hits the target, precisely,” the report states.