Iran Is Developing Preemptive-Strike Capabilities with Drones and Cruise Missiles

May 31, 2022

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile
  • Military


Michael Segall


Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Iran is continuing to develop and expand its capabilities to deploy and produce drones. At the same time, it is producing air-launched precision weapons, launch platforms, and intelligence-gathering systems carried by drones. All this is part of its asymmetric-warfare doctrine against its enemies by air, land, and sea (in the latter case, using explosive suicide speedboats, midget-submarines, naval mines, and rocket-carrying speedboats). Iran also emphasizes that some of the drone models have already been launched at Israel over the past year and are intended for a “preemptive strike” against its Israeli enemy. Iran boasts that it is developing this capability with the help of lessons drawn from warfare in different world arenas. Meanwhile, Iran continues to “export” drones to members of the “resistance camp” in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq and is using Yemen as its main testing ground for drones, missiles, cruise missiles, and explosive boats, particularly against Saudi Arabia and some of the other Gulf States. Iran also inaugurated a drone factory in Tajikistan to manufacture Ababil-2 drones, a product of the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company (HESA).


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