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Iran unveils three new homemade smart bombs

In a ceremony in Tehran, Defense Ministry officials celebrated the advent of the National Day of Defense Industries with unveiling two new PGMs of Yassin and Balaban and a new member of the family of Qaem electro-optical guided bombs.

Iran unveils three new homemade smart bombs ALL Clockwise from top left: Balaban, Yasin, Qaem-5, Qaem-9, and Qaem-1 (Picture source: FARS)

A smart bomb (also known as a guided bomb, guided bomb unit, or GBU) is a precision-guided munition designed to achieve a smaller circular error probable (CEP).

The bombs, named "Yasin" (after one of the surahs in Quran), and Balaban (a bird of prey) were unveiled on August 6, along with a new series of the Qaem (also spelled as Ghaem) optic bombs.

Iran unveils three new homemade smart bombs QAEM Qaem (Picture source: FARS)

Regarding Qaem optic smart bomb, Hatami said: "It is equipped with visible, heat and cylinder seekers, which will be installed on various kinds of unmanned planes, choppers, and fighters for destroying fortifications and the targets on movement.

Iran unveils three new homemade smart bombs YASIN Yasin (Picture source: FARS)

"The long-range guided Yasin bomb is capable of hitting over the 50-km target," he continued. He added that Balaban smart bomb has folding wings for increasing range and also GPS/INS navigation system for boosting its precision to be installed under an airplane.

Iran unveils three new homemade smart bombs BALABAN Balaban (Picture source: FARS)

Commander of the Iranian Air Force Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh said his force plans to utilize smart systems, particularly munitions, along with developing equipment and machinery in its unmanned fleet of drones.