China and Iran are further integrating unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) into their inventories as both move towards including the technology in military drills for the first time.

Local news agencies in China and the Middle East have reported that both nations are ramping up the use of UAVs – the designs of which remain somewhat a mystery to the West – with China having already conducted live UAV firings and Iran planning on doing so from October.

The proliferation of UAV development has been apparent in China and Iran for some time, and although China displays UAV technology at regional air shows, relatively little is known about the capabilities that either possess. […]