Russian news outlet reports that an airbase of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards near the Iranian capital Tehran has been hit by an airstrike. This is also the base of a new Iranian drone. As recently as May 22, Iran displayed its latest Gaza-style attack drones at the airbase.
According to reports, the airstrikes caused severe damage to the ammunition depots and weapons systems at the Iranian airbase. Although, Iran has announced the use of the latest air defense missiles in protecting these important military bases. However, Russian media believe that Iranian air defense systems are not enough to counter Israel and protect its own important military bases.
On May 24, there was also a U.S. EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft that entered Iran and flew a one-hour reconnaissance flight over Iranian territory while electronically suppressing Iranian air defense radars. Therefore, there are also reports that the Israeli Air Force used U.S. intelligence to launch attacks on Iranian air bases. It also electronically suppressed Iranian air defense radars.
If it was the Israeli Air Force that launched the attack, this would be an Israeli retaliation against Iran. As recently as May 25, Netanyahu appointed Mossad Deputy Director of Intelligence and the Secret Service, veteran agent David Barnea, as Mossad director, stressing that Mossad’s “top priority” is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
This attack is likely to be just an attempt at a new type of weapon. It is highly likely that the Israeli Air Force deployed stealth aircraft, the first possibility being F-35 stealth fighters and the second being stealth unmanned strike aircraft.
In March 2019, the U.S. Air Force’s first long-range unmanned fighter, the XQ-58A Valkyrie UAV, recently completed its maiden flight at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, according to the U.S. Defense News website. The new UAV has a stealthy design and can carry various types of weapons and avionics systems, and may be paired with the F-35 fighter jet in the future to perform air combat missions.
The XQ-58A UAV is a jet stealth UAV with a built-in bomb bay. It can mount the Peregrine compact medium-range air-to-air missile or the Loma Cuda air-to-air missile, and can carry four small-diameter bombs.
Israel and the United States are jointly testing the attack capabilities of the latest jet stealth drone. Also, this stealth drone can be used in conjunction with the F-35 stealth fighter. Meanwhile, there are U.S. military bases in Iraq, the UAE and Saudi Arabia near Iran. The XQ-58A drone can be deployed, maintained and equipped. This UAV now has a maximum flight speed of 1,050 km/h, a maximum range of 3,941 km, a maximum lift of 13,715 m and a payload of 250 kg. Iran’s existing air defense system is largely ineffective against it.
The probability is that the U.S. and Israel are testing, in the future, tactics to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities and ballistic missile positions. After the B-2 or B-21 stealth bombers use drone bombs to destroy Iran’s four underground nuclear facilities. With the F-35 stealth fighter at the core of the tactics, a large number of XQ-58A “Valkyrie” stealth drones, these highly artificial intelligence air platforms will become a strike point.
The goal is to strike Iran’s air defense missiles, anti-ship missiles, ballistic missiles, air bases, radars, and other high-volume targets that can launch counterattacks. These are large numbers of targets, and also most of them are real-time targets. These will be the targets of the XQ-58A Valkyrie stealth drone. And this time, it’s just a small test.