TEHRAN — Iran's armed forces paraded multiple drones, missiles and other military hardware on Thursday, as the country marked the national Army Day that falls on the anniversary of its 1980s war with Iraq.
During the televised ceremony in Tehran, 16 different types of drones were paraded before President Ebrahim Raisi and Iran's most senior men in uniform.
According to state media, the unmanned aircraft came from varying generations of Mohajer, Ababil, Amin, Arash, Kaman and Shahed drones. Without specifying, state TV also said one of those drones had the longest range in the world.
Shahed and Arash drones are among the many that Western officials accuse Tehran shipping to Russia, where they are used against Ukraine. Tehran dismisses the charge. While claiming that no such deliveries have been made during the ongoing conflict, Iran does not deny its increasingly close military alliance with Russia either.