Iran unveils two new navalized UAVs

Israel Defense reports that Iran introduced two new Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in service with the Naval Forces.

The first UAV, designated Simorq, was unveiled in early December 2019 by the commander of the Iranian Navy, Hossein Khanzadi. The UAV, which closely resembles Elbit Systems’ Hermes 450, is the naval mission version of the Iranian Shahed-129 UAV.

The Shahed-129 has been operational with the Naval and Aerial Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The vehicle has an endurance of up to 24 hours, a maximum range of 1,500 kilometers and a flight altitude of 24,000 feet. It was adapted for employment by the Iranian Navy in the role of maritime surveillance – detecting vessels far away from the Iranian shore.

The other UAV introduced recently is the Pelican-2 – an unmanned vehicle capable of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) from naval vessels. The Pelican-2 has four motors and five propellers and can take off and land from the decks of the surface vessels of the Iranian Navy. It carries optical sensors enabling detection of vessels during the day and night. No information was provided regarding the performance characteristics of this UAV.