Iraqi militias parade Iranian drone
June 29, 2021
through Jeremy Binnie
The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) showed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the parade they held on June 26 to mark their seventh anniversary, but did not show them in media coverage in a possible attempt to downplay ties with Iran and recent attacks on the United States. plinths.
Iranian Mohajer-6 drone during PMF parade in Camp Ashraf. (Young Journalists Club)
The parade was reportedly originally scheduled for Baghdad in early June, but was delayed and then moved to Camp Ashraf, a base east of Diyala governorate, for unclear reasons. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi attended.
Photographs emerged from the parade showing Mohajer-6 – one of Iran’s latest drone models – being transported on a truck and armed with guided ammunition. This was not visible in the 83-minute video of the event that PMF broadcast via its YouTube channel.
Photographs and amateur videos of the event also showed that the Mohajer-6 was preceded by various other types of UAVs carried on vans. Two examples of a type with a wheeled landing gear were shown which did not fit a known model but looked like a cross between Iran’s Ababil-3 and Karman-12.
Another type was similar to the Samad family used by the Yemeni Iranian-backed group Ansar Allah (Houthis), although it is not known to be serving in the Iranian military forces. It can be used to perform reconnaissance or to transport a warhead into a target. It does not have wheeled landing gear, but instead uses skids to land. Iran-backed group Hezbollah is exhibiting a similar type in its museum in Mleeta, southern Lebanon.
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The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) exhibited unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the parade …