Iran ballistic missiles can hit any targets in Mideast [Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Hossein Salami]
A senior Iranian commander has highlighted Iran’s defensive capabilities, saying the country’s ballistic missiles can hit any targets in the Middle East with any desired precision.
“Today our ballistic missiles can fly thousands of kilometers and can hit any targets in the region with whatever desired precision and intensity,” the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said on Tuesday.
The commander also said the IRGC has thousands of high-speed warships at its disposal which are capable of launching massive naval operations against enemy targets.
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.
Iran has designed and manufactured different indigenous missiles, including Zelzal (Temblor), Shahab-1, Shahab-2 and Shahab-3 ballistic missiles.
The senior commander also said that the Islamic Republic’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can fly thousands of kilometers, adding that they can capture images and transmit them directly or indirectly to terrestrial stations.
Salami said that Iran’s drones have been equipped with high-precision smart missiles that can hit high-speed vehicles with pinpoint precision.
Iran unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range combat drone, the Karrar (Striker), on August 23, 2010. Since then the country has manufactured a variety of other high-tech surveillance and combat unmanned aerial vehicles.
Iran has repeatedly said that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.
Iran unveils indigenous supersonic fighter jet
Iran’s Defense Ministry has unveiled a new domestically-built advanced supersonic trainer fighter jet, named Saeqeh 2 (Thunderbolt 2).
The double-cockpit supersonic Saeqeh 2 fighter jet has been designed and manufactured by experts and engineers of Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Industries Organization and in cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), Iran’s Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Monday.
The fighter jet will do close-range cover and backup tactical missions as well as advanced pilot training missions, he added.
The commander noted that the new jet is the second generation of Saeqeh model which has been manufactured with enhanced combat capabilities.
The aircraft has been equipped with Electro Avionics systems and advanced weapons to enhance the training of pilots.
Hatami added that the plane is capable of engaging in intense aerial missions.
The unveiling ceremony comes on the 8th day of the ten-day celebrations commemorating the 36th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Saeqeh was unveiled as a prototype in 2004 and later became operational in 2006. The jet is Iran’s second domestically-developed fighter with many calling it the Iranian F-18.
The bomber has the ability to track down enemy aircraft, engage in combat, target locations on the ground, and carry a load of assorted weapons and ammunition.
In the recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.
The country has repeatedly announced that its defense might does not pose any threat to other countries as Iran’s defense doctrine is totally based on deterrence.
Iran successfully places domestically-made Fajr satellite into orbit
Iran has successfully placed into orbit the domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite with President Hassan Rouhani issuing the order for its launch.
The satellite is capable of staying in the space for 1.5 years and taking and transmitting high-quality and accurate pictures to stations on earth.
Fajr satellite is technically characterized by an orbit which could promote from 250 to 450 kilometers through a thruster or an engine.
It is the new generation of Omid (Hope) satellite, which was designed and manufactured by Iranian experts in 2009.
Equipped with GPS navigation system, Fajr is the fourth Iranian-made satellite which was put into orbit after three others between 2009 and 2012.
The launch came as Iran started 10 days of celebrations marking the 36th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution on Sunday that put an end to the monarchy of the US-backed Pahlavi regime in the country.
President Rouhani congratulated the nation on the successful launch of Fajr satellite and said the Iranian scientists have entered a new phase in space sciences.
He added that the Iranian government is determined to press ahead with its national space program, adding, “We will proceed with this path until a phase that we will be able to meet our national needs in space by all [Iranian] scientists and through local technology.”
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan also said designing and building Fajr satellite showed the continuation of Iran’s scientific progress in the field of advanced technologies.
He added that Safir-e Fajr satellite carrier has been completely manufactured by Iranian experts.
Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into the space in February 2010, using Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.
The country is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.
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