Every year during the last week of December, the Iranian government celebrates National Research Week. As this is Iran—where there’s a paucity of civilian scientific research—the week is almost completely dedicated to military achievements.

The same was true for 2014’s exhibition. Amid a torrent of propaganda footage, the state-owned Iranian Aviation Industries revealed a new jet-powered drone—one likely designed for combat.

The company didn’t divulge any of the drone’s characteristics or specifications. The only notion of its existence was brief, grainy footage taken during a flight test, a moment of which is seen above. […]