Iran on Thursday unveiled several home-made defense equipment, including a long-range ballistic missile and a cruise missile system.
The two missiles were unveiled on the occasion the National Defense Industry Day in Iran. The unveiling ceremony was held in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani via video conference, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
Speaking at the event broadcast live on TV, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the country had inaugurated a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,400 kilometers named after Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who was martyred by the US military in January.
Iran has also developed a cruise missile, named Martyr Abu Mahdi, which has a range of over 1,000 kilometers, he said.
“The country’s achievements in the defense industry over the past four decades are not comparable to any other period,” General Hatami said, describing the accomplishments as a “basis for military self-reliance and a must for maintaining the country’s independence”.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also assassinated along with General Soleimani and a number of their comrades in a US drone raid near the Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
Commenting on the new achievement’s features, Iran’s Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Qassem Taqizadeh said the speed of the Martyr Qassem Soleimani missiles makes their interception impossible.
He added that the cruise missile is capable of flying at a low altitude and getting around the enemy’s missile systems.
The Iranian defense chief further said that the domestically-built training jets, dubbed Yasin, A-90 and Fajr-3 are undergoing their final tests and will soon enter service.
He said that Iran has begun the mass production of its first turbo jet engine, dubbed Owj, which was unveiled in 2016.
Pointing to the inauguration of the production line of the domestically-manufactured Kowsar fighter jet, General Hatami said the country will soon deliver another three of the jets to the country’s Air Force.
The fourth-generation fighter jets were unveiled back in July 2017 and showcased to the international audience at MAKS air show in Moscow.
Also, in the ceremony, Owj turbofan engine assembly line was opened and a drone exhibition was inaugurated.
Furthermore, a light-weight fourth-generation turbofan engine that is used in advanced drones was put on display. The engine will remarkably boost the Iranian aviation power and upgrade the engine of drones.
Late in July during the second day of massive ‘Great Prophet-14’ drills in the Southern parts of the country, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) successfully fired ballistic missiles buried deep into the ground.
Iranian Armed Forces recently test-fire 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.