Iran showcased its newest domestically developed drone during a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday, August 22, highlighting the successes of Iran’s defense industry.

Iran unveiled on Tuesday its latest domestically built drone that can fly at a higher altitude and for a longer duration with enhanced weapons capabilities, state media reported.

The “Mohajer-10” drone was introduced at a ceremony in Tehran attended by President Ebrahim Raisi, celebrating the achievements of Iran’s defence industry.

The new drone is an upgraded version of the “Mohajer-6”, which US officials have accused Iran of selling to Russia for use in the Ukraine war, an accusation Tehran denies.

Western governments have in recent months expanded biting sanctions on Iran over the alleged arms sales.

The unmanned aerial vehicle has a payload of up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of cargo, double that of the previous model, allowing it to carry “all kinds of bombs and ammunitions”, IRNA said.

The United States and Israel, arch-enemies of Iran, have previously accused Tehran of using drones and missiles to attack US forces and Israel-linked ships in the Gulf.

Katrine Houmøller, with AFP