Iran rounds out its mad scientist air cavalry with Zohal the flying saucer

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According to the state-affiliated Fars News Agency, Iran has built an unmanned flying saucer for surveillance purposes. And yes, the above photo is the shot of Zohal that's being circulated by the press:

The unmanned flying saucer, named "Zohal", was unveiled in a ceremony attended by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

Zohal, designed and developed jointly by Farnas Aerospace Company and Iranian Aviation and Space Industries Association (IASIA), can be used for various missions, specially for aerial imaging.

The flying machine is equipped with an auto-pilot system, GPS (Global Positioning System) and two separate imaging systems with full HD 10 mega-pixel picture quality and is able to take and send images simultaneously.

Zohal uses a small, portable navigation and monitoring center for transmission of data and images and can fly in both outdoor and indoor spaces.

Barring the novelty of calling it a flying saucer, Zohal sounds like a rather humdrum surveillance drone. In any case, it will nicely complement Iran's prior foray into G.I. Joe-inspired aviation, the flying boat.


Hat tip to Rick!