IAIO Yasir

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Role Unmanned aerial vehicle
National origin United States / Iran
Manufacturer IAIO
First flight September 2013[1]
Status Active
Primary users Iran
Iraqi Shiite militias, Hezbollah (alleged)
Developed from Boeing Insitu ScanEagle

The IAIO Yasir or Yassir (Persian: یاسر‎) is an Iranian unlicensed copy of the American Boeing Insitu ScanEagle drone. It is small, low-cost, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by the Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) and unveiled on 28 September 2013.[1]. It is capable of flying at an altitude of 15,000 ft, has an endurance of 8 hours, and an operational radius of 200 km.[2]

Design and development[edit]

In December 2012, Iran stated it had captured an American Boeing Insitu ScanEagle that allegedly violated its airspace over the Persian Gulf.[3][4][5][6] The U.S. Navy stated that none of its ScanEagles were missing.[7][8][9] On 17 December 2012, Iran announced it was starting mass production for a copy of the ScanEagle and has put that UAV into service. Iran later released images of their production line.[10][11][12][13]

In October 2013, during a five-day visit to Iran by Russian Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps presented him with a copy of the US ScanEagle drone as a gift.[14][15]

Operational history[edit]

Alleged use by Hezbollah[edit]

In early 2014 and following the repetitive flying of an unidentified UAV over the Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea's Ma'arab complex, MP Antoine Zahra accused Hezbollah of flying a Yasir UAV in order to monitor and possibly assassinate Geagea.[citation needed] Israeli sources claim Hezbollah has flown Yasir UAVs as well.[16]


The Iraqi Shia militia Harakat Hizballah al-Nujaba has received six Yasir UAVs.[17][18][19] Kataib Hezbollah has also reportedly received the Yasir UAV, though they rarely use it.[18] The Shiite militia "Jund al-Imam Ali" has also apparently received Yasir UAVs.[18]

Syrian Civil War[edit]

Yasir UAVs have been spotten over Aleppo.[20][21]


See also[edit]


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  9. ^ http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107124058
  10. ^ [1] Daily Mail, 12 February 2013.
  11. ^ [2]. PressTV, 8 February 2013.
  12. ^ "YouTube - BREAKING NEWS Iran opens Boeing Insitu ScanEagle spy drone factory". youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Iran says it will produce ScanEagle-type drone - UPI.com". upi.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  14. ^ "Iran presents copycat ScanEagle drone to Russian military (VIDEO) — RT News". rt.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  15. ^ "Iran gives Russia copy of US ScanEagle drone as proof of mass production | World news | theguardian.com". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  16. ^ "Drone over N. Israel: Iranian with stolen US apps". 5 August 2016. 
  17. ^ http://drone-rss.com/2014/12/irans-scaneagle-clone-new-photos/
  18. ^ a b c "How Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq got US drones - Track Persia". www.trackpersia.com. 
  19. ^ https://twitter.com/inbarspace/status/548217628875960320
  20. ^ Wright, Galen. "UAVs Over Syria - Yasir, Aleppo (Feb 8)". 
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/Missilito/status/409624955949973504