By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans
In a video uploaded on the 9th of November 2013, the Iranian Yasir Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its first appearance in the Syrian sky. The Yasir is based on the American made Scan Eagle, of which at least one was captured by Iran in December 2012. The Scan Eagle was quickly copied by Iran and two variants have since been revealed to the public, one being the Sayeh and the other being the Yasir. The Yasir has a twin tailboom with a v-tail rudder, as opposed to the Sayeh, which has no tail at all.
Yasir is reported to be capable of flying at an altitude of 15.000ft, having an endurance of eight hours and an operational radius of 200km. This means that the Yasir is able to cover large parts of Syria while being controlled by Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Sepāh) operators inside Damascus. Two Yasir UAVs were downed so far. One on the 5th of December 2013 over Aleppo and one over Qalamoun on the 7th of December 2013.
Iran deploying her newest drones to Syria; The Shahed 129