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Video exposes Venezuela's made-in-Iran drone. Chavez: "we are making drones, assembling rifles".

During his speech on Jun. 13, at the Ministry of Defense, President Hugo Chavez reiterated Venezuela’s sovereign decision to consolidate its independence from foreign threats through initiatives such as the military buildup and development in the defense field.

During the event, he presented some Iranian Mohajer 2 drones, operating in Venezuela under the name of Sant Arpia.

The following video is one of the few available on the Internet showing the drone being built by the Cavim (Compañía Anónima Venezolana de Industrias Militares at the Maracay factory.

Interestingly, on the same site, Cavim has built an AK-103 rifles and ammunition factory that, with the Russian support, will have the capacity to produce annually 25,000 rifles and 60 million cartridges. So far, it has produced 3,000 units.

Iranian Mohajer-2 drone appears in Venezuela. Chavez's building his own drone fleet with the help of Tehran.

Under the name of Sant Arpia, the Mohajer 2, a quite famous Made-in-Iran drone, is currently flying in Venezuela.

Reportedly operating from the Cavim (CA Venezolana de Industria Militares) Maracay factory, where a new UAV facility has been unveiled by recent satellite imagery, the Mohajer 2 is a light unarmed drone that can be used for surveillance missions within a range of 50 km from the departure airfield at a speed of 200 km/h. Its ceiling is 11,000 feet of altitude and endurance is reported to be around 90 minutes.

Being equipped with skids, the Mohajer 2 is recovered using a recovery chute.

Although the dozen are believed to have been slightly modified by Caracas, the Mohajer 2 is an Iranian UAV model and, as such, it could not be purchased by Chavez, because of the embargo on the ayatollah regime.

Moreover, as highlighted by the special correspondent in Washington for the Spanish ABC.es Emili J. Blasco, the technology transfer agreement worth 28 million USD would seem to excede the price of a dozen drones (three of those crashed) that were purchased by Venezuela.

Indeed, along with a drone factory that has not come into operation, some more facilities have been built at Cavim. What Iranian personnel is doing inside the other facitilies remains a mystery. Maybe the mystery that U.S. drones aim to investigate.

The following image, published on several forums around the world (attribution hence impossible to determine), shows a Venezuelan Sant Arpia: noteworthy the tail section wears registration Arpia-002 while front section is marked “Arpia-003”. Does this mean the drone is made up of parts from different examples?

Image credit: Internet, ABC.es (?)

Along with the Sant Arpia, the Fuerza Aérea Venezolana (FAV) operates the ANT-1X, a smaller drone used for ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) purposes.

Both drones equip the Grupo Aéreo de Inteligencia, Vigilancia y Reconocimiento Electrónico Nº 8, based at El Libertador, Maracay-Palo Negro airbase.

New close-up image of Iranian Mohajer-3 drone disclosed

Sent to me by a reader of the blog, this image (that as far as I know was originally posted by the Iranian site Mashreghnews.ir) is one the few available on the Internet of what should be a Mohajer-3 drone.

Also known as the “Dorna”, Iran’s Mohajer-3 seems to be quite similar to the Mohajer-2. It is a equipped with a forward facing camera, mounted in the front of the fuselage and is believed to be able to carry TV or FLIR cameras in a new payload bay. It carries also a line-scanner that, according to some Iranian websites, is capable of a 1-meter resolution at an altitude of 5 km.

Image credit: Mashreghnews.ir

Made-in-Iran Syrian drone dubbed “Pahpad” has been widely employed in Syria but the Assad’s regime against the oppositors. For the moment, in spite of the rumors, no images of other types of drones have emerged.

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[Updated] Syrian Mohajer 4 drone spying on the clashes in Syria

Update Feb. 26 22.22 GMT

The following screenshot comes from the footage recorded few days ago in Kafr Batna, a small suburb of Damascus, Syria, and uploaded on Youtube. I’ve already mentioned it in my post about the drones activities over Syria, however, someone suggested the UAV that can be seen overflying the clashes is not an Israeli but a Syrian ‘bot made in Iran.

Whereas Israel can count on a wide variety of drones, some of which are particularly famous (as the “Heron”), Damascus is known to be equipped with just a few types of robots. Among them, the Iranian made Mohajer 4 and Ababil and maybe also the Mirsad-1 that Hezbollah has used to violate the Israeli airspace in the past.

After analyzing the image I’ve come to the conclusion that the one overflying Kafr Batna could be a Syrian (or Hezbollah) Mohajer 4.

Here are the spefication of this drone (credit here):

Length: 3.74 m
Wingspan: 5.3 m
Height: NA
Empty Weight: NA
MTOW: 210 kg
Payload Weight: NA
Cruise Speed: 200 km/h
Endurance: 3 hr
Range: 150 km
Ceiling: 4.57 km
Powerplant: NA

Here below you can find two images of the Iranian-made Mohajer, from the type’s Wiki page.

What’s your opinion?

Image credit: via Wikipedia