TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Navy unveiled a vertical takeoff naval drone with the capability to fly horizontally and land on water, dubbed Pelican-2, on Saturday morning in a ceremony where a homegrown Inertial Navigation System (INS) was also put on display.
Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi unveiled 2 homegrown Iranian Navy achievements at an exhibition in Tehran this morning.
One of the products was a vertical takeoff naval drone, dubbed Pelican-2, which is a sophisticated long-range drone equipped with four motors for vertical movement and a powerful propeller for horizontal movement. The drone can take off from the cruising warships for patrol and reconnaissance missions and this drone can even land and float on water in an emergency.
The Navy has employed Pelican-2 on naval fleets in international waters.
Another product unveiled at the exhibition was a homegrown Inertial Navigation System (INS) used for positioning and navigation of submarines below the surface, where the conventional GPS system is not applicable.
The Iranian system, developed under the Soren project, has been manufactured with a special technology available to only a few countries.
On Thursday,Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined the important role played by the country’s Naval forces in the establishment of security and stability in the Persian Gulf.
General Baqeri said that the deterrence power of the Iranian Navy brings stability and security to the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and Sea of Oman.
He congratulated the National Navy Day in Iran, saying that forty years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, friends and foes admit that the main source of the stability and security of the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and Sea of Oman is the active presence of the Iranian Navy.
Undoubtedly, the power of the Iranian Navy at the international waters in fact is the fruit of the will of all personnel of the Navy, General Baqeri said.
He added that the Iranian Navy is powerful enough to give a crashing response to the enemies and all ill-wishers.
The Iranian Navy transferred its main headquarters from the capital city of Tehran to the port city of Bandar Abbas, on the shores of the Persian Gulf waters.
Rear Admiral Khanzadi inaugurated the new headquarters in Bandar Abbas last Thursday.
He said that the plan to move the Navy’s headquarters started some years ago with the guidance of the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Khamenei so that the force would be closer to operational zones.
“A significant part of Navy HQ elements will be transferred (to Bandar Abbas) and the naval forces will be led with an increased focus,” he said.
Rear Admiral Khanzadi said that this transfer “will increase the speed of operations and will allow the Navy to have more focus on waters”.
He noted that the measure will have various cultural, social, and economic effects in the region and will turn into a great capacity for the people of Hormozgan province.
Capacities of the Navy will be accessible to local people which is a great development, Rear Admiral Khanzadi said.
The Iranian Navy has in recent years along with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy strengthened its capabilities and was equipped with different home-made weapons.