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Originally published Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:51 AM

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Iran claims production of new advanced drone

Iran's media is reporting the country has produced a domestically-made drone capable of hovering in midair.

The Associated Press

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TEHRAN, Iran —

Iran's media is reporting the country has produced a domestically-made drone capable of hovering in midair.

The Sunday report by several newspapers including the conservative Resalat says an advanced vertical take-off and landing or VTOL drone will be displayed in February.

Resalat quoted Abbas Jam, who is director of the project, as saying that the drone can also fly in silence.

Earlier in October Iran said it obtained images of sensitive Israeli bases taken by a drone that was launched by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement that month and downed by Israel.

Iran says other drones made dozens of apparently undetected flights into Israeli airspace from Lebanon in recent years. Israel has rejected that.

Iran frequently claims breakthroughs in military technology and other achievements. Most are impossible to independently confirm.

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