Iran has escalated its air defense capabilities with the integration of combat drones armed with air-to-air missiles, as reported by state media on Sunday.

The strategic move, unveiled during a televised ceremony at a military academy in Tehran, showcases the deployment of numerous Karrar drones to fortify the nation’s border areas.

Here’s what you need to know.

Karrar Drones: Advanced Features and Operational Range

According to the official IRNA news agency, these Karrar drones, equipped with air-to-air missiles, have an operational range of up to an impressive 1,000 kilometers (620 miles).

This enhancement significantly amplifies Iran’s defensive capabilities, providing an extended reach and heightened protection across key border zones.

General Abdolrahim Mousavi, the commander-in-chief of Iran’s army, emphasized the substantial reinforcement these drones offer.

As quoted by IRNA, he said, “The enemies will now have to rethink their strategies” to acknowledge the amplified strength of Iranian forces.

Designed and manufactured by Iran’s state-owned HESA (Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company), this Iranian combat drone was unveiled in 2010.