|Role||Unmanned aerial vehicle|
|National origin||United States|
|First flight||September 2013|
|Primary users|| Iran|
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. 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 It is an unlicensed copy of the American ScanEagle drone.
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. The U.S. Navy stated that none of its ScanEagles were missing. 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.
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.
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).
Syrian Civil War
- Iran–U.S. RQ-170 incident - An earlier and similar incident of an American UAV captured by Iran.
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