TEHRAN – The commander of the ground forces of the Iranian army on Monday announced the delivery of the first Smart Air Defense System to his force.
Brigadier-General Kioumars Heydari said the army’s drone unit has been established, adding all the unnamed vehicles are sophisticated, smart, accurate, and precision-guided.
The defense doctrine of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on the great stability of the people and indigenous capabilities, and since the eight-year war imposed by Iraq’s former Baath regime against Iran, the Islamic Republic has provided its defense needs by relying on the indigenous capabilities and capacities.
Commander of the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Sunday Iran stands among the world’s top countries manufacturing drones and missiles.
Brigadier General Hajizadeh noted that Iran possesses global-level drone power and is now a pioneer in missile technology.
“There are many other achievements, which will be unveiled in due time; for example, the ability to hit enemy at a distance of 1,500 kilometers,” the IRGC general added.
Iran stands on par with global powers in terms of unmanned aerial vehicles, and its achievements in this field have challenged the world’s powerful armies, he said, adding that in terms of missile technology, Iran stands above the global level.
“The news of the advanced hypersonic ballistic missile, which was broken recently … and is able to maneuver outside the atmosphere is nothing new, but was just announced recently,” the commander said.
He added that Iran’s hypersonic missile represents a generational growth spurt, and the enemies will not be able to come up with a new technology to counter it for many decades to come.
Hajizadeh announced Iran’s homegrown hypersonic ballistic missile on November 10, saying it was capable of penetrating sophisticated aerial defense shields and striking designated targets.
“The missile has a high velocity and can maneuver both in and out of the Earth’s atmosphere,” he said, noting, “The new missile can pass through all missile defense systems…. It can target the enemy’s
anti-missile systems, and its production marks a huge leap in the development of a new generation of missiles.”
“In the space field, we were recently able to launch Qaem 100 satellite carrier, which operates on solid fuel,” the Iranian commander said, adding, “We will put the first satellite in the orbit during the current year, using Qaem 100 carrier.”
Earlier this month, the IRGC Aerospace Force successfully launched Qaem 100 three-stage solid fuel suborbital carrier.
Qaem 100, the first of its kind manufactured by Iranian scientists, is capable of putting satellites weighing up to 80 kilograms into orbit 500 kilometers from the earth’s surface.
Iran has over the past years succeeded in manufacturing and putting into space different satellites as well as launching various carriers.
Late in June, Iran tested its domestically-developed hybrid-propellant satellite carrier rocket called Zuljanah for “predetermined research purposes” for the second time.