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Iran says it has built new drone

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -

Iran's defense minister says Iran has built a new, radar-evading drone that can do surveillance and fire on enemy targets.

   The semi-official Fars news agency on Thursday quoted Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as saying that the new aircraft -- dubbed Epic, or Hemaseh in Farsi -- can fly at high altitudes.

   He did not elaborate on its capabilities.

   In recent years, Iran has been pursuing a drone program alongside its military program, which has aimed to produce missiles, jet fighters, destroyers, light submarines and torpedoes.

   Iran claims it has captured an advanced RQ-170 Sentinel CIA spy drone and at least three ScanEagle aircraft in recent months.

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