Private Drones Proscribed from Flight over Tehran Skies as Fears Creep In

Iran has proscribed drone pilots from flying their personal drones over the Tehran skies after a couple of suspect machines were shot mid air as security fears continue to escalate. According to military sources, licenses will now be granted to concerned bodies rather than individuals. There have been attempts to intrude security sensitive areas by unmanned aerial vehicles in the recent days.

People in Iran seem to have taken a great fancy to flying drones. However, there are also those who believe that the advent of drones is an assault at their privacy. According to Ali Reza Rabi’i who is serving as the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the quadcopters boast top quality cameras and can fly over sensitive security areas without being detected. The video footages, he believes, shot with them can be used by the enemies of the state to fulfill their nefarious purposes.

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According to an interview given to the Tasnim News Agency, the commander was of the view that aerial shots especially heli-shots can prove to be really dangerous in terms of security and can result in a security lapse.

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In December, a drone was shot down mid air as it got dangerously close to the offices of Iran’s top leaders including the office of the Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The drone, however, belonged to the state television and was recording video footages and capturing photographs for the purpose of a documentary.

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In another incident, the Khatam al-Anbia air defence system unsuccessfully shot anti-aircraft guns at an unidentified flying object over Tehran. According to the concerned officials, licenses will now be granted to relevant bodies and not individuals in order to get rid of the problems being caused by drone flights near sensitive government and military installments.

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