Iranian missile drones base looks like James Bond supervillain's lair

Iran reveals top secret underground drone base under a mountain range where it keeps at least 100 missile-armed UAVs on standby

  • Iran has revealed it has a massive underground military base brimming with missile-firing drones
  • The secret drone  bunker is hidden beneath a mountain range and is an array of concrete tunnels 
  • Military officials even used buggies to get around, making the base look like a James Bond supervillain’s lair
  • The Iranian army gave some details, but not the exact location, of its secret underground base 
  • State TV said 100 drones including Ababil-5 were being kept in the heart of the Zagros mountains 
  • That drone is fitted with Qaem-9 missiles, an Iranian-made version of air-to-surface US Hellfire rocket

Iran has revealed it has a massive underground military base brimming with missile-firing drones in a secret bunker beneath a mountain range.

With concrete tunnels and military officials using buggies to get around, it looks like a James Bond supervillain’s lair — and it has its very own array of deadly weapons to fit the bill.

The Iranian army gave some details, but not the exact location, of its secret underground base amid simmering tensions in the Gulf.

State TV said 100 drones were being kept in the heart of the Zagros mountains, including Ababil-5, which it said were fitted with Qaem-9 missiles, an Iranian-made version of air-to-surface US Hellfire. 

The Iranian army gave some details, but not the exact location, of its secret underground base amid simmering tensions in the Gulf

With concrete tunnels and military officials using buggies to get around, it looks like a James Bond supervillain’s lair — and it has its very own array of deadly weapons to fit the bill

State TV said 100 drones were being kept in the heart of the Zagros mountains, including Ababil-5

Iran has revealed it has a massive underground military base brimming with missile-firing drones in a secret bunker beneath a mountain range

TV footage showed rows of drones fitted with missiles in a tunnel, which it said was several hundred metres underground

The Ababil-5 drones are fitted with Qaem-9 missiles, an Iranian-made version of air-to-surface US Hellfire, with deadly capabilities

Each drone can be fitted with multiple missiles that can cause a huge amount of damage. Iran ha at least 100 missile-firing drones in the base

One reason Iran might be keeping the drones hidden is to prevent the country’s enemies from destroying its huge fleet

An Iranian state TV correspondent said he was made to wear a blindfold on the 45-minute helicopter flight from Kermanshah in western Iran to a secret underground drone site

The TV correspondent said he was only allowed to take his blindfolds off only upon arrival at the secret base

One reason Iran might be keeping the drones hidden is to prevent the country’s enemies from destroying its huge fleet.

‘No doubt the drones of Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces are the region’s most powerful,’ army commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said. ‘Our capability to upgrade drones is unstoppable.’

An Iranian state TV correspondent said he was made to wear a blindfold on the 45-minute helicopter flight from Kermanshah in western Iran to a secret underground drone site. 

He was allowed to take blindfolds off only upon arrival at the base, he said.

The TV report came a day after Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized two Greek tankers in the Gulf

It was an apparent retaliation for the confiscation of Iranian oil by the United States from a tanker held off the Greek coast

Greek authorities last month impounded the Iranian-flagged Pegas, with 19 Russian crew members on board, due to European Union sanctions

The United States later confiscated the Iranian oil cargo held onboard and plans to send it to the United States on another vessel

The Pegas was later released, but the seizure inflamed tensions at a delicate time for Iran and neighbouring countries

Iran and world powers have been seeking to revive a nuclear deal that former US President Donald Trump abandoned, reimposing sanctions on Tehran

Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi (right) and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri visiting an underground drone base

‘No doubt the drones of Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces are the region’s most powerful,’ army commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said. ‘Our capability to upgrade drones is unstoppable.’

Iranian army commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi added: ‘Our capability to upgrade drones is unstoppable’

The two army chiefs looked over their large fleet of deadly drones from an ochre buggy used to drive them around the base

TV footage showed rows of drones fitted with missiles in a tunnel, which it said was several hundred metres underground.

The TV report came a day after Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized two Greek tankers in the Gulf, in an apparent retaliation for the confiscation of Iranian oil by the United States from a tanker held off the Greek coast.

Greek authorities last month impounded the Iranian-flagged Pegas, with 19 Russian crew members on board, due to European Union sanctions. 

The United States later confiscated the Iranian oil cargo held onboard and plans to send it to the United States on another vessel.

The Pegas was later released, but the seizure inflamed tensions at a delicate time, with Iran and world powers seeking to revive a nuclear deal that former U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned, reimposing sanctions on Tehran. 

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