Iran unveiled last week its underground ballistic missile production factory for the first time in a ceremony attended by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
Officials have not revealed any further details about the plant. The IRGC had earlier displayed missile towns where hundreds of its ballistic missiles have been deployed, but this is the first time that it has displayed an underground missile production plant.
During the unveiling ceremony, IRGC top Commander said: “Mass production of precision and intelligent missiles according to the world’s latest technology, which is the culmination of progress of the country in missile production field, has been realized at the unflinching effort of domestic engineers in IRGC Aerospace Force.”
Pointing to the unveiling IRGC’s underground ballistic missile production facility for the first time in the country, he said: “Giving a harsh response to baseless and unfounded remarks of Western countries is the main objective behind unveiling our country’s advanced ballistic missile.”
“Iran’s defensive capability is deterrent and is in line with maintaining national security, so that country’s defense power is nonnegotiable,” he added.
The footage released to the media, displayed production of Iran’s new surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Dezful. The new ballistic missile has a range of 1,000 kilometers and a 450-kilogram warhead. Dezful is a version of the Zolfaghar missile that has a 700 km range.
On February 2, Iran unveiled its newly-developed long-range cruise missile, Hoveizeh, in a ceremony participated by Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.
Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh reiterated his country’s firm opposition to holding talks on its defensive issues and missile program.
“The missile power is not negotiable. This deterrence power has been created for the country and we do not hold talks about it with anyone at all,” General Hajizadeh said, addressing a forum in Tehran.
He underlined that Iran has not stopped missile tests, adding that they include long-range missiles too.