Explained: Why is Israel targeting Iran’s drone facilities?
… Earlier in its report on Iran’s growing military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Program, the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a non-partisan advocacy group, stated that UAVs provide Iran with "an additional means of lethal power projection outside of its borders. Iran is also providing UAV systems to its proxies who act on Tehran’s behalf, further enhancing its ability to threaten the US and its allies." According to a November 2019 US Defence Intelligence Agency assessment of Iran’s military strength, "UAVs are Iran’s most rapidly advancing air capability,"- serving two primary military functions of surveillance and attack. "Iran has used drones to harass US air carriers and threaten freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, gain military advantage in the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts, and breach Israeli and Saudi airspace," the report further adds. Its growing drone repository is inclusive of the Kaman-12 drone, Khodkar, a jet-propelled drone called the Kian, and long-range and endurance attack drones named Fotros, along with the Shahed-129 and Mohajer-6.