TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan stressed plans to powerfully continue manufacturing different modern weapons and equipment to increase the country’s deterrence power.
“The doctrine of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Armed Forces is based on defense, security and deterrence and the Armed Forces specify their goals and plans based on this roadmap and move in this direction,” Pourdastan said, addressing the Iranian cadets in Tehran on Monday.
Emphasizing Iran’s non-aggressive policy, he said, “We create deterrence by manufacturing different types of weapons and equipment and having prepared forces so that no one would think of the raw idea of aggression against our country.”
In relevant remarks today, Iranian Deputy Defense Minister for Logistics, Research and Industrial Affairs Brigadier General Mehdi Farahi underlined the country’s plans to equip the Armed Forces with more state-of-the-art weapons to increase their preparedness for any possible aggression.
“Today, after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, despite the cruel sanctions and severe restrictions imposed against our country by the enemies and the world arrogant powers, thanks God, advanced and fully indigenized defensive equipment have been built as a result of the industrious efforts made by Iranian experts, and they will be delivered to the Armed Forces,” General Farahi said in Tehran.
“On-time delivery of products and their high quality is the most important principle in the defense ministry for manufacturing equipment and we are powerfully entering the global markets,” he added.
Farahi referred to Iran’s achievements in aerospace and aviation fields, and said, “Today, in the aviation industry, all planes are overhauled with the best quality and at present different drones are also built by the (Iranian) defense industries.”
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.