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Iran claims development of radar-evading drone

| Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:24 p.m.

TEHRAN — Iran's defense minister announced on Thursday that the nation had built a new, radar-evading drone.

Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said Epic is capable of surveillance, flying at high altitudes and firing on enemy targets, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The claim could not be independently verified.

This week, a Fars report claimed that Iran is designing and producing 40 types of drones.

Iran is not alone in the region in pursuing a drone program.

Israel's flagship drone made its first fully-automated takeoff and landing in northern Israel last week in adverse weather conditions, the Walla news site reported on Wednesday.

The proliferation of drones has some experts concerned, according to Foreign Policy.

The Obama administration should “be more willing to discuss international legal standards for use of drones,” former State Department legal advisor Harold Koh said in a speech at Oxford on Tuesday, “so that our actions do not inadvertently empower other nations and actors who would use drones inconsistent with the law.”

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