IAIO Fotros

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IAIO Fotros
Role Unmanned combat aerial vehicle
Manufacturer IAIO
First flight November 2013[1]
Status Abandoned prototype[2]
Primary user Iran
Produced Iran Aviation Industries Organization

The IAIO Fotros (Persian: فطرسfʊtros) was a prototype Iranian reconnaissance, surveillance, and combat unmanned aerial vehicle built by Iran Aviation Industries Organization and unveiled in November 2013. It was the largest Iranian drone, and depending on armament, had an operational range of 1,700 km to 2,000 km with flight endurance of 16 to 30 hours.[3][4] The name refers to a fallen angel in Shia mythology which was redeemed by Imam Husayn ibn Ali.[5]


It is believed that the Fotros was rushed into a finished state to be unveiled before the start of P5+1 talks over Iran's nuclear programs.[6]


There is no known operational use of the Fotros, and as of 2018 the project is believed to have been abandoned.[2]


General characteristics Performance

  • Range: 2,000 km (1,200 mi, 1,100 nmi)
  • Endurance: 16 to 30 hours
  • Service ceiling: 7,600 m (25,000 ft)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists


  1. ^ "Iran unveils Fotros Drone". PRESS TV. Nov 18, 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Frew, Joanna (May 2018). "Drone Wars: The Next Generation: An overview of current operators of armed drones" (PDF). Oxford: Drone Wars UK. p. 12.
  3. ^ "Iran Unveils Indigenous 'Fotros' Drone".
  4. ^ "Iran presents largest home-made UAV "Fotros"".
  5. ^ "Fotros or Petros(angel)".
  6. ^ https://www.uskowioniran.com/2013/11/iranian-fotros-uav-missing-two-screws.html