New Israeli drone fleet 'capable of flying over Iran'

New Israeli drone fleet 'capable of flying over Iran'

Israel’s air force has introduced a fleet of large unmanned planes that it says can fly as far as Iran.

Air force officials said the Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 86ft making them the size of passenger jets. They said the planes can fly 20 consecutive hours, and are primarily used for surveillance and carrying payloads.

The drones, built by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, were first used during Israel’s Gaza war last year.

At an inauguration ceremony today, Israeli officials refused to say how large the new fleet is or whether the planes were designed for use against Iran.

Israel believes Tehran is trying to develop nuclear weapons and has repeatedly hinted it could strike Iran if diplomatic efforts to curb the nuclear program fail.

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