Iran announced on Sunday a new unmanned jet bomber that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dubs an “ambassador of death” to Israel and other enemies. Sunday’s launch statement comes one day after Iran began operating its first nuclear power plant and two days after it test-fired a new surface-to-surface guided missile.
“The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship,” Ahmadinejad told Iranian officials. He added that the aircraft will help “keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases…until the enemies of humanity lose hope of ever attacking the Iranian nation.”
It is tacitly taken for granted that Israel has been mapping out possible scenarios for attacking Iran if American-led diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions do not succeed in stopping the Islamic Republic from continuing unsupervised production of enriched uranium. The recent joint IDFair exercises in Romania seemed to bear that out. Iran has denied widely accepted Western assumptions that it plans to produce a nuclear warhead that would be aimed at Israel.
The new unmanned bomber is 13 feet long and is named the “striker,” or Karrar in the Farsi language. Iran previously has produced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), primarily for surveillance.
Ahmadinejad recently has repeatedly warned that it has the capability of retaliating against any country—including the United States—that tries to attack it.
“The scope of Iran’s reaction will include the entire earth,” said Ahmadinejad. “We also tell you — the West — that all options are on the table.”