Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the Iranian forces are now capable of building different state-of-the-art missiles and drones.
News ID: 60126
Publish Date: 28September 2014 - 09:00
"Today, we are self-sufficient in the military field despite the sanctions," Hajizadeh said in Tehran on Saturday.
"The most advanced radars, missiles, drones and tanks are built inside the country and this success has been achieved due to the Jihadi spirit (of the Iranian specialists)," he added.
His remarks came after Iran unveiled a newly-developed drone which is equipped with home-made hi-tech air-based missiles.
"Drones equipped with air defense missiles have been built" by the Defense Ministry, the Aviation Industries and Aerospace Industries specialists in a move to meet the needs of the Armed Forces, Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami announced on Tuesday.
He said that the drones had been prepared to be delivered to the Armed Forces after passing different tests, adding that the new aircraft had increased the operational range and zone of the drones as well as their capability to trace, intercept and destroy aggressive aircraft.
"These new drones are capable of destroying different types of aircraft, including fighter jets, drones and helicopters," Hatami said.
Also on Monday, Iran unveiled a new drone named 'Sadeq 1' during the military parades at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, South of the capital.
Sadeq 1 flies at a maximum altitude of 25,000 ft at supersonic speeds. The Iran-made drone has been manufactured for testing radar and electronic systems and training assessments.
the Iranian Armed Forces staged annual military parades in Tehran and other cities on Monday on the occasion of the Sacred Defense Week.
The ceremony took place at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, in Southern Tehran.
During the parades, the Iranian armed forces displayed different weapons and military tools and equipment, including Shalamche Hag missiles, Sky guard fire control system, Khatam fire control system, FM80 missile systems, Rapier missile systems, Troop-Scatter Communication system, various types of should-launched missile systems, S-200 missile systems, Talash 3 missile system, Hazem drones, Keyhan space radar system, and LPD 20 radar system, long-range solid-fuel Sejjil missiles with 2,000km range, Qadr F missiles with the range of 2,000km, Qadr H missiles with a range of 1,350km, Zelzal missile systems, Hormuz twin-missiles, Tour M1 air defense missile system, Ra'd (Thunder) missile system, Tabas missile systems, and Khordad 3rd missile systems.
Also different kinds of fighters, choppers, drones, ground-to-ground missiles, air-to-ground missiles, surface-to-surface missiles, tactical and armed vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electronic and telecommunication equipment, light and mid-light weapons, different kinds of artillery and mortar-launchers, air defense systems and engineering and logistic equipment went on display.
Various units of the Islamic Republic Army, IRGC, Basij forces and the Islamic Republic of Iran's Law Enforcement Police took part in the military parades South of the capital to commemorate the start of the Week of Sacred Defense.
Senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, as well as a host of top military commanders and foreign dignitaries attended the ceremony.
The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran's wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, specially at a time of heightened threats by the US.