TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's defense minister says his country has drones far more advanced than the unmanned aircraft launched by Lebanon's Hezbollah and downed by Israel earlier this month.

Sunday's report by the official IRNA news agency appears similar to previous claims that Iranian drones have expanded capabilities and range, including the ability to reach Israeli airspace.

The IRNA report quotes Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as saying the drone by Iranian-backed Hezbollah was not the "latest Iranian technology, definitely." He did not elaborate.

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has said the drone was manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.

Later, Iran claimed that Iranian-made surveillance drones had made dozens of apparently undetected flights into Israeli airspace from Lebanon in recent years. An Israeli official rejected the account.

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  • Israeli soldiers are seen after searching for the remains of a drone in the Negev southern Israel, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • An Israeli army helicopter lands in an open area as soldiers search for the remains of a drone in the Negev, southern Israel, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Yehuda Lachiani)

  • This image made from video released by the Israeli Defense Forces shows the downing of a drone that entered Israeli airspace in southern Israel, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Forces via AP video)

  • An Israel soldier walks past a Patriot missile defense battery positioned on the Carmel Mt. in northern Israel, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • An Israeli guards the road leading towards a Patriot missile defense battery positioned on the Carmel Mt., not pictured, in northern Israel, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • This image made from video released by the Israeli Defense Forces shows the downing of a drone that entered Israeli airspace in southern Israel, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Israeli Defense Forces via AP video