Iran has in its possession UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) which are far more advanced than the one which the Hezbollah armed group recently sent into Israel, Iran’s Defense Minister was quoted as saying on Sunday by a local newspaper.
“Definitely, the technology of the drone which recently flew into the Quds occupier regime by the Lebanese resistance movement and amazed the enemies is not the newest Iranian technology,” Vahidi said, according to a report by the Tehran Times.
A Hezbollah aircraft drone penetrated hundreds of kilometers into Israeli airspace on Oct. 6, close to the Dimona nuclear plant, without being detected by advanced Israeli and U.S. radar systems.
Israel had made a lot of publicity over its Iron Dome air defense shield, Vahidi said, but the infiltration of the drone into the country proved scandalous for Tel Aviv.
In a previous statement to the Iranian TV, Vahidi said that Israel “was defeated in this respect and it can no longer bully Islamic nations.”
Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran was playing a leading role in providing and maintaining security in the Gulf, the Tehran Times reported.
Ahmadinejad added that it is “meaningless” to secure the waterway [Gulf] without Tehran’s cooperation.
The Iranian President made the remarks in an address to the personnel of the Iranian Navy in Bandar-Abbas on the shores of the Arabian Gulf on Saturday night.
Iranian officials have said previously that the country could block the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for the world’s sea-borne oil trade, or strike U.S. military bases in the region if it is attacked.
“Today, the Iranian nation plays an influential role in international equations,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad described the Israeli threats against Tehran as empty and said that the Iranian nation will respond to any aggressor in a way that its name would be mentioned in the history ignominiously, according to the report by the Tehran Times.
Tensions in the region have simmered over Iran’s disputed nuclear program and Israeli threats to bomb its nuclear sites if diplomacy and sanctions fail to stop Iranian nuclear activity which the West suspects is meant to develop a weapons capability.
Tehran denies the western allegations and says that it is seeking only civilian nuclear energy.