The Israel Air Force on Sunday introduced a fleet of large unmanned planes it claims can fly as far as Iran.
Air force officials said the Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 26 meters, 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 Sunday, officials refused to say how large the new fleet is or whether the planes were designed for use against Iran.
THEY CAN REACH IRAN - AND DON'T HAVE TO REFUEL AND RETURN TO ISRAEL.
THEIR JOB IS DONE WHEN THEY DELIVER THEIR PAYLOADS.
THEY WILL DELIVER THEIR PAYLOADS SOONER THEN IRAN THINKS.
THAT'S WHY THEY ANNOUNCED THIS TODAY!
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