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- Mar 29, 2013
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I guess a better term would be suicide drones, which both are. One hovers around until it finds its target, and the other is preprogrammed to go directly to a certain target. Either way, they fulfill the same role.Shahed-136 really shouldn’t be classified as a “loitering” munition though. It’s really just a super low-cost, slow moving, low-flying, low cost, small RCS, cruise missile for all intents and purposes.
Next generation S-136 variants will sport better capabilities as implied by various IRGC officials. It’s an evolving platform.
Also, i myself am quite skeptical about the rumors that China (of all countries) wants to buy Iranian drones. Makes no sense practically speaking. They have a much larger domestic industrial base that can easily churn out ‘similar’ drones without needing the Iranian designed one.
As with the “Su35 is coming soon” news: this China buying Shahed-136 nonsense will most likely turn out to be hogwash.