November 16, 2021

Iran’s Drones Are Transforming The Middle East: Book Excerpt – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

An Iranian Simorgh drone is pictured in a government photo. (Iranian Army office/AFP via Getty Images)

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Seth J. Frantzman’s “Drone Wars: Pioneers, Killing Machines, Artificial Intelligence and the Battle for the Future (Bombardier, 2021).” A deep look at the impact of unmanned systems on warfare, Frantzman’s book includes a chapter on Iranian use of drones. Following a recent deadly drone attack on a ship off the coast of Oman, which has been attributed by the US to Iran, Breaking Defense is happy to bring this timely excerpt from Frantzman’s book. 

In the drone wars, propaganda can be as important as actual advances. Everyone building drones seems to copy one another. For instance, Iran’s Saegeh was a copy of the Sentinel. Iran’s Shahed S-171 jet-powered Simorgh is also a copy of the US Sentinel drone, first deployed…

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