Iran Inaugurates Ababil-2 Drone Factory In Tajikistan

May 20, 2022

On May 17, 2022, Iran's official media reported that Iranian Ababil-2 drones will be manufactured in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.[1] An inauguration ceremony was attended by Mohammad Bagheri, the Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff, and Sherali Mirzo, Tajikistan's Minister of Defense, where both spoke of future cooperation between the two countries to fight "terrorism, organized crime, and drug trafficking."

Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri and Tajikistani Defense Minister Sherali Mirzo (source: IRNA, May 17, 2022)

Iranian journalist Mohammad Shaltouki tweeted several videos[2] documenting the ceremony:

Iran unveiled several new drones in an April 18 military parade, including the latest in the Ababil line – the Ababil-5.[3]


[1]Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), May 17, 2022.

[2]; Twitter.commohshaltouki/status/1526461420623339521;, May 17, 2022.

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