|Role||Unmanned aerial vehicle|
|National origin||United States / Iran|
|First flight||September 2013|
Iraqi Shiite militias, Hezbollah (alleged)
|Developed from||Boeing Insitu ScanEagle|
The IAIO Yasir or Yassir (Persian: یاسر) is an Iranian unlicensed copy of the American Boeing Insitu ScanEagle drone. It is small, low-cost, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by the 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.
Design and development
In December 2012, Iran stated it had captured an American Boeing Insitu 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 their production line.
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. Israeli sources claim Hezbollah has flown Yasir UAVs as well.
The Iraqi Shia militia Harakat Hizballah al-Nujaba has received six Yasir UAVs. Kataib Hezbollah has also reportedly received the Yasir UAV, though they rarely use it. The Shiite militia "Jund al-Imam Ali" has also apparently received Yasir UAVs.
Syrian Civil War
- Hezbollah (alleged)
- Harakat Hizbullah Al Nujaba'
- Kata'ib Hezbollah (alleged)
- Kata'ib al-Imam Ali (alleged)
- Iran–U.S. RQ-170 incident – An earlier and similar incident of an American UAV captured by Iran.
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