September 19th, 2011 MDAA
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the country will display its latest military achievements and products in nationwide parades on September 22.
“The latest achievements of the Defense Ministry which have been supplied to the Armed Forces recently will be displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Islamic Republic Army during the September 22 parades,” Vahidi said during a visit to a defense industry plant on Sunday.
The parades mark the start of the Week of Sacred Defense, commemorating Iranian sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.
“These achievements” he said “are the latest missile, air, electronic and telecommunications, armored, naval and anti-air tools, weapons and equipments produced in the country.”
Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.
Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.
The country stages several air, land and sea wargames each year to test its newly produced weapons and equipments.
In the last air drills staged by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force last week, the country tested different plane equipments, ammunitions and tactics.
Also during the exercises codenamed ‘Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat III’, the Air Force successfully test-fired its Qassed smart bombs. The 2000-pound smart bombs are able to fly a 40km distance and hit the target without pilot’s control.
The Air Force also successfully test-fired a home-made anti-radar smart missile, capable of destroying even mobile targets with 100 percent precision.
The air-to-ground missile was fired from a Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet during the air drills in Northwestern Iran on Thursday and destroyed the target with 100 percent precision.
The Iranian Air Forces (IRIAF) also tested firing laser, thermal and TV-guided missiles with various ranges during the wargames
SOURCE: Fars News Agency