Iran has launched its first indigenously developed long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Karrar, which has a flight range of 1,000km.

Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the drone would be able to carry two 250lb bombs, or a precision bomb of 500lb.

The drone will enhance the reconnaissance, patrolling and defensive power of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed force, according to the FARS news agency.

In February 2010, Iran launched two home-made UAVs with bombing and reconnaissance capabilities named Ra’d (Thunder) and Nazir (Harbinger).

Both high-tech drones are capable of conducting long-range reconnaissance, patrolling, assault and bombing missions with high precision.