TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mostafa Izadi underlined the high capabilities and power of Iran’s missiles, and said the enemy feels intense fear of Iran’s missile power.
“Iran’s defensive industry has made growing progress and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s missile power trembles the enemy’s backbone,” Izadi said, addressing the Defense Ministry’s personnel in Tehran on Monday.
In relevant remarks on Sunday, a senior official of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) appreciated the Iranian Armed Forces for their astonishing progress in building different defensive tools and weapons, and said Iran is now standing among the world’s top missile powers.
“Today, the Islamic Iran has grown into the world’s sixth missile power and this is a major source of pride for the Revolution,” Deputy Head of the IRGC Officer Training College Brigadier General Nourollah Nourollahi said in the Northern province of Semnan.
He underlined that Iran now ranks 16th in the world’s science, and is the first power in the region.
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 Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired 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.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor.
Iran successfully tested second generation of Sejjil missiles and brought it into mass production in 2013.
Sejjil missiles are considered as the third generation of Iran-made long-range missiles.
Also, Iran’s 2000km-range, liquid-fuel, Qadr F ballistic missile can reach territories as far as Israel.
Iran’s surface-to-surface Sejjil missile, the long-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile which has a range of up to 2,000 km, and Zelzal and Fateh missiles have all been developed by the Aerospace Organization of the Defense Industries.
This is while the solid-fuel, two-stage Sejjil missile with two engines, is capable of reaching a very high altitude and therefore has a longer range than that of the Shahab 3 model.
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