Iranian Military Is ‘Duty Bound’ to ‘Mass Produce’ Drones, Iranian Defense Minister Says

By Patrick Burke | December 18, 2012 | 10:20 AM EST

In this image taken from the Iranian state TV's Arabic-language channel Al-Alam, showed what they purport to be an intact ScanEagle drone aircraft put on display, as an exclusive broadcast Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012, showing what they say are the first pictures of a captured drone. (AP Photo / Al-Alam TV) TV OUT

( – Iran has plans to mass produce a variety of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones.

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced on Tuesday that the Iranian military is “duty bound” to produce a large amount of drones.

“We will use every opportunity to design all kinds of drones,” Vahidi said, as reported by the state-run news agency PressTV.

Vahidi said the Iranian Defense Ministry is duty bound to produce “various drones in every shape and with every technology,” adding, “The ministry will definitely mass produce a host of UAVs,” the report said.

In August 2010, Iran unveiled its first long-range drone, Karrar, capable of carrying rockets and obtaining intelligence.

Iran announced on Dec. 4th the capture of a U.S. drone that flew into Iranian airspace. The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain has denied the drone’s capture, saying the U.S. military had not sustained any loss of drones.

“The U.S. Navy has fully accounted for all unmanned air vehicles (UAV) operating in the Middle East region. Our operations in the Gulf are confined to internationally recognized water and air space,” said Commander Jason Salata.