Yasir (UAV)

Role Unmanned aerial vehicle
National origin  United States
Manufacturer IAIO
First flight September 2013[1]
Status Active
Primary users  Iran
Hezbollah (alleged)
Harakat Hizbullah Al Nujaba' (Iraq) (alleged)
Developed from Boeing Insitu ScanEagle (unlicensed)

Yasir or Yassir (Persian: یاسر) is a small, low-cost, long-endurance Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) and unveiled on 28 September 2013.[2] It is capable of flying at an altitude of 15,000 ft, has an endurance of 8 hours, and an operational radius of 200 km[3] It is an unlicensed copy of the American ScanEagle drone.

Operational history

Iranian capture and reverse engineering claims

In December 2012, Iran stated it had captured an American ScanEagle that allegedly violated its airspace over the Persian Gulf.[4][5][6][7] The U.S. Navy stated that none of its ScanEagles were missing.[8][9][10] On 17 December 2012, Iran announced it was starting mass production for a copy of the ScanEagle and has put that UAV into service. Iran later released images of this production line.[11][12][13][14]

Gift to Russia

In October 2013, during a five-day visit to Iran by Russian Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps presented him with a copy of the US ScanEagle drone as a gift.[15][16]

Alleged use by Hezbollah

In early 2014 and following the repetitive flying of an unidentified UAV over the Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea's Ma'arab complex, MP Antoine Zahra accused Hezbollah of flying a Yasir UAV in order to monitor and possibly assassinate Geagea.


Iran has reportedly supplied Yasir UAVs to the Iraqi Shia militia Harakat Hizballah al-Nujaba (HHN).[17][18]

Syrian Civil War

In December 2013, Al-Jazeera reported that Al-Qaeda had shot down an Iranian ScanEagle drone while it was flying over Aleppo.[19]


See also


  1. name="presstv">"PressTV - Iran Army unveils latest indigenous drone, Yasir". presstv.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  2. "PressTV - Iran Army unveils latest indigenous drone, Yasir". presstv.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  3. "The Aviationist » Iran has unveiled a new drone based on a captured U.S. Boeing ScanEagle". theaviationist.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  4. "Iran says it captured two more U.S. drones before ScanEagle Israel News | Haaretz". haaretz.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  5. "Iran Says It Captured 'Foreign Enemy Drone' During Military Exercise". huffingtonpost.com. 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  6. "Iran broadcasts footage 'extracted from CIA spy drone' | World news | theguardian.com". London: guardian.co.uk. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  7. "Iran denies it captured a foreign 'enemy drone' | Fox News". foxnews.com. 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  8. "BBC News - Iranian TV shows off 'captured US ScanEagle drone'". bbc.co.uk. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  9. Erdbrink, Thomas (2012-12-04). "The New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  10. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107124058
  11. Daily Mail, 12 February 2013.
  12. . PressTV, 8 February 2013.
  13. "YouTube - BREAKING NEWS Iran opens Boeing Insitu ScanEagle spy drone factory". youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  14. "Iran says it will produce ScanEagle-type drone - UPI.com". upi.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  15. "Iran presents copycat ScanEagle drone to Russian military (VIDEO) — RT News". rt.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  16. "Iran gives Russia copy of US ScanEagle drone as proof of mass production | World news | theguardian.com". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  17. http://defense-update.com/20141229_iranian-general-killed-by-isis-sniper-in-iraq.html#.VKanG2fZZKg
  18. http://drone-rss.com/2014/12/irans-scaneagle-clone-new-photos/
  19. "Al-Qaeda says it shot down Syria drone - Middle East - Al Jazeera English". aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
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