TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards paramilitary units plan to teach drone-hunting to school students, an Iranian newspaper reported today.
The report by the pro-reform Etemad daily quoted Gen. Ali Fazli, acting commander of the Guard’s Basij militia, as saying the new program will be taught as part of a “Defensive Readiness” lesson in high schools from late September.
He did not elaborate but the plan suggests students would be taught how to track and bring down drone aircraft by hacking their computer systems.
Iranian hard-liners have long sought a larger role for the military in the country’s education system. Students at both junior and senior high schools currently take courses focusing on “civil defense.”