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Iran unveils hovercraft

Posted on Nov 13, 08:34AM | IANS

Iran Monday unveiled indigenously built hovercraft that can launch missiles and serve as launch pad for drones.

Iranian experts have designed and developed two hovercraft models for combat: Tondar and Thunderbolt, Defence Minister Brig Gen Ahmad Vahidi said.

Tondar can be equipped with rockets, guns and unmanned aerial vehicles, while Thunderbolt can be used for coastal patrolling, reconnaissance operations and mid-range amphibious missions and transporting equipment, Xinhua quoted Vahidi as saying.

He added that the new hovercraft will increase the combat and reconnaissance capabilities as well as mobility of the Iranian armed forces.