Iranian Shahed-129 UAV crashes

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Iranian Shahed-129 UAV crashes
Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
16 August 2015

The two Shahed-129s that were displayed in October 2013. Source: IRIN

Iran's most sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) supposedly crashed during a test flight, and not during an operational mission over Pakistan, as initially claimed.

On 13 August the Iranian Young Journalists Club (YJC) cited the governor of Konarak county in the south of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province as saying that the UAV crashed near a village during testing two days earlier. Konarak is the home of the airport that serves the port city of Chabahar and an associated airbase.

The YJC did not identify the UAV, but published photographs showing a crashed Shahed-129.

Another photograph of the same crashed UAV emerged on social media on 13 August together with claims that it came down in Pakistan's Balochistan province, raising the possibility that it crashed during an operational sortie to carry out surveillance inside Pakistan, possibly of Balochi militants or smugglers.
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