TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami has unveiled plans to extend the range of homegrown air-launched cruise missiles beyond 1,000 kilometers.
In an interview with Iran daily paper, the defense minister highlighted the country’s advances in the missile industry, saying Iranian naval cruise missiles are capable of hitting hostile targets at a distance of more than 1,000 kilometers.
While the range of anti-surface and naval cruise missiles has surpassed 1,000 km, the ground-launched cruise missiles can travel as far as 1,400 km, and the range of the air-launched ones is going to exceed 1,000 km too, the minister added.
He noted that Iran has developed a fully homegrown missile industry and manufactured various solid and liquid-propellant missiles, although the range of the projectiles has been restricted to 2,000 kilometers considering the country’s needs and defense policies.
The Defense Ministry has focused efforts to increase the output and boost the quality of various missiles with high maneuverability to surprise the enemy’s air defense, he added, the government’s website reported.
Brigadier General Hatami also noted that more than 90 percent of the arms demands are supplied domestically with the help of 5,700 private companies, including 655 knowledge-based firms.
Saying that the %10 dependence on imports has no significant impact on Iran’s defense power, he noted that termination of a UN arms embargo on Iran will allow the country to work with other countries.
Commander Terms Iran Drone Production Pole in Region
Commander of the Air Defense Forces in Northwestern Iran Brigadier General Abbas Azimi said the country has turned into the region’s major manufacturer of drones.
"The Army’s Air Defense Force has turned into a drone manufacturing pole in the region and Iran is able to export them now,” General Azimi said.
He added that the Air Defense Force has designed and built different ground-based and air-based electronic tapping systems and enjoys the highest level of superiority over the enemies.
General Azimi said that designing and production of different advanced command-and-control systems is among other progresses made in the Air Defense Force.
Iran has made giant advancements in aerospace industries, specially in designing and manufacturing pilotless drones in the recent decade.
Iran Among World’s Top 5
Military Speedboat Producers
Managing Director of Iranian Defence Ministry’s Marine Industries Organization Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari highlighted Iran’s advances in the naval industries and urged they have placed the country among the world’s top five manufacturers of military speedboats capable of launching missiles.
Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari said Iran is capable of designing and manufacturing missile-launching speedboats with a velocity of over 130 km/hr.
Iran is one of the world’s top five countries in the speedboat industry and is also in the list of the top 13 powers designing and producing submarines, he added.
On Sunday Also, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami met and held talks with India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh talks on the regional, bilateral and international issues.
It was the first visit to Iran by a ranking Indian official after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.