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Satellite imagery reveals Iranian UAV base developments

21 August 2013
Satellite imagery taken on 7 March 2013 reveals the UAV base on the Iranian island of Qeshm. (DigitalGlobe/IHS)

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) base on the Iranian island of Qeshm has undergone significant development in recent years, DigitalGlobe satellite imagery reveals.

Located in an ideal position to monitor shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, the airfield may support the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Navy base less than 2 km to the northeast. Several fast attack boats are based at this facility, which also has a covered docking area that some analysts believe is a hardened shelter for Iran's midget submarines.

The development of the airfield was underway by March 2011, when work to extend the runway by 800 m could be seen.



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