TEHRAN, Iran (August 19, 2013)—Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards paramilitary units plan to teach drone-hunting to school students, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.
The report pro-reform Etemad daily quoted the 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.
Iranian hardliners have long sought a larger role for the military in the country's education system.
Students in both junior and senior high schools now take courses focusing on "civil defense."
Iran captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone in 2011 after it entered Iranian airspace and since then, Tehran says it has seized more U.S. drones, including a Boeing-designed ScanEagle.