Iranian researchers have designed and built a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the capacity of carrying 100 kg of cargo for 100 kilometers. The new radar-evading drone, named Liko, is completely made by Iranian experts and is capable of non-stop flights for three hours. According to the head of the Liko manufacturing company, Abbas Jam, the aircraft runs on gasoline and has a fuel tank capacity of 30 liters. Jam further explained that the 53-kg UAV can fly at an altitude of 16,000 feet and requires the shortest landing runway length.
The double-engine aircraft can be equipped with electronic and communication systems including cameras which can send live images to the station, he added.Jam noted that the UAV is also equipped with the autopilot system and can be used in rescue operations, identification and patrol, and for carrying light cargo, military purposes and filming. The Iranian engineer also said that the cost of the spare parts, repair and maintenance of the drone are very low and if commercialized, it will increase Iran's foreign currency savings. In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems. Karrar, Iran’s first indigenous long-range drone unveiled in August 2010, is capable of carrying a military payload of rockets to carry out bombing missions against ground targets, flying long distances at a very high speed, and gathering information. The country’s indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Shahed 129, unveiled in September, 2012, can carry out combat and reconnaissance missions with its 24-hour nonstop flight capability. TE/PKH/AZ