The Iranian Army on Sunday unveiled two newly-developed indigenized air defense systems, namely Zolfaqar and Majid with the capability to destroy cruise missiles.
Unveiled on the occasion of the Army Day, the new defense systems have been installed on the home-made tactical vehicle Aras, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
Zolfiqar is a low-altitude air defense system which consists of a mechanized shoulder-launched multi-launcher and Shahid Majid system includes an electro-optical fire control system and a dual-launcher. Both air defense systems are capable of destroying enemy targets flying in low altitudes, especially cruise missiles.
The Army Day parades were held in the form of motorcade in Tehran in the presence of Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi.
The slogan of this year’s parade is “Defenders of the Homeland, Companion of the Healthcare” and according to the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus, the parade is in the form of a motorcade and army barracks across the country.
April 18th is named “Army Day” in Iran, and the parade is held to display part of the country’s military power.
On Saturday, Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined the Army’s preparedness for different missions, calling on officials to further increase military power.
In a message to Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi on Saturday on the occasion of the Army Day in Iran (April 18), Ayatollah Khamenei lauded all Army personnel and their family members.
On Friday, Chief-of-Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said that the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) guarantee security and calm in the country, adding that the two forces are ready to give a decisive response to any threat.
“April 18 is the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Day, so, I congratulate Commanders and soldiers of the Army and their families,” the statement read.