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Iran unveils indigenously made Roham VTOL UAV

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Iran
 
 
Iran unveils indigenously made Roham VTOL UAV
 
Iran’s Defense Ministry on Saturday unveiled a homegrown Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities used for aerial photography. The Iranian drone, dubbed Roham, was unveiled along with six other defense-related products at a ceremony held on the occasion of the Government’s Week. Roham has been developed for taking aerial photographs over difficult terrains, where landing and take-off is impossible for other types of aircraft.
     
Iran unveils indigenously made Roham VTOL UAV 640 001Iran's new Roham VTOL drone
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The VTOL was unveiled in a ceremony in Tehran participated by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan alongside other achievements, including the first home-made software to identify satellite orbits precisely, preparing topographic 3D 1/10000 and 1/25000 maps using satellite images, preparing and production of the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) automatically with a 5 meter margin, the first system to prepare maps using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), a hardware system to specify the exact time and the software to receive and produce information of hyperspectral satellites in the geography center of the defense ministry.

"Roham is able to land in and take off from any place favored by the user, fly over any target at low altitudes and patrol areas at a high speed," he added.

Last year, Chancellor of Imam Hossein Comprehensive (military) University Brigadier General Morteza Saffari Iranian defense researchers built the country's first home-made VTOL drone. He referred to the aircraft features, and said the VTOL drone makes its vertical climb using two wings which increases its speed. Saffari said the Iranian VTOL aircraft has been built by the Iranian university students for the first time in the country.

In 2013, an Iranian inventor designed and built a VTOL drone using combined fuel which he said was highly functional for military operations.

"The vertical climb Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) which uses combined fuel and has a big propeller and two side rotors can fly vertically for 2 hours," Iranian inventor Ja'far Aqazadeh told FNA at the time.

Noting that the drone uses a fuel cell and a hydrogen generator system as its power source, Aqazadeh said the plane which was specially good for military missions was under flight test.

 

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