Iran unveiled its new "Gaza" drone in a report that aired on Channel 1 (Iran) on May 21, 2021. The "Gaza" drone is reported to be a super heavy UAC, with surveillance, combat, and intelligence capabilities. The report also showcased the "9th of Dey" surface-to-air missile defense system, and the Qods radar system. General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC Aerospace Corps, who visited the construction site, explained that the name Qods, i.e. Jerusalem, was chosen because "these days, everything is about Gaza and Jerusalem."
Journalist: "Three IRGC achievements in one day. The IRGC Commander-in-Chief visited the different construction phases of the 'Gaza' super heavy UAV. This drone has surveillance, combat and intelligence capabilities, and can fly for 35 hours continuously."
Amir-Ali Hajizadeh: "It can fly to an altitude of up to 35,000 feet. In operational missions it can carry 13 bombs. In surveillance missions, it can completely monitor a radius of 500km."
Narrator: "The UAV's wingspan is 21 meter and its liftoff weight is 3,100kg. With its current equipment, it can fulfill a communication role. In addition to its main applications in the area of combat and defense, it can perform jungle surveillance, help in rescue missions, and assist in natural disaster relief. Showcasing two defense accomplishments was also on the schedule of the IRGC Commander-in-Chief today. The fully Iranian '9th of Dey' surface-to-air missile defense system is capable of engaging and destroying a variety of threats at a short distance, like cruise missiles, bombs dropped by planes, and a variety of drones. General Hajizadeh told us that one battalion of this system includes four batteries, capable of intercepting and destroying 32 targets simultaneously. Another achievement of the Aerospace Force is the Qods radar system. Fast deployment and relocation are among the unique features of this system.
Hajizadeh: "The radar system has two simultaneous features. This system that you see behind me – it performs brilliantly! It is called Qods [Jerusalem]"
Journalist: "Why Qods?"
Hajizadeh: "These days, everything is about Gaza and Jerusalem. All this happened under conditions of sanctions and maximum pressure."