Iran has drones with a range of 7,000 kilometers (4,375 miles) that can reach far beyond Israel, a senior commander of the country’s Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday.
Iran has made questionable and exaggerated claims regarding its military capabilities in the past, and there has been no external confirmation of the latter claim.
“We have unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) with a long range of 7,000 kilometers. They can fly, return home and land where they are planned, ”said Revolutionary Guard leader Hossein Salami, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.
Israel is approximately 1,700 kilometers (1,000 miles) from Iran.
The United States and Israel were said to have held talks earlier this month on cooperation against Iranian unmanned drones, with which the Islamic Republic is reportedly arming Shiite militias and terrorist organizations in the region.
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Based on an agreement reached in April by the national security advisers of the two countries, an interagency task force dealing with the threat to Israel and other American allies from Iranian drones and precision guided missiles first met three weeks ago, the Walla news site reported. .
Citing both senior US and Israeli officials involved in the talks, the report says the US team was led by White House National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk, and that the Israeli team was led by Deputy National Security Advisor Reuven Ezer.
One idea reportedly raised at the meeting was to establish a “no-fly zone” in the Middle East for Iranian drones.
In May, Israel shot down a drone as it approached Israeli airspace near the northeastern city of Beit She’an, then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, later saying that ‘it had been made by Iran and launched by Iranian forces at Israel from Syria or Iraq. In a similar case in 2018, a drone was sent from Syria to northern Israel before being shot down by an Israeli helicopter. In response, the IDF launched a wave of strikes against Iranian assets in Syria.
Israel has waged a nearly decade-long bombing campaign in Syria aimed at preventing Iran and allied militias, including Hezbollah, from setting up bases to attack the Jewish state, as well as the transfer of weapons Iran’s advances to Hezbollah.
Last week, Walla reported that the United States had increased its military coordination with Israel and with a number of moderate countries in the Middle East in an effort to counter the threat posed to the region by the Islamic Republic.
Over the past two months, the U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM) has stepped up the pace of coordination and the number of high-level meetings with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, several Gulf states, Cyprus and Greece, according to Sunday’s report.
During his trip to the United States last week, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi visited CENTCOM headquarters in Florida, calling “operational cooperation” between the US and Israeli military “unprecedented. “.