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Commander: IRGC transforming into major force

Brigadier General Hossein Salami

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami said the IRGC is transforming itself into a major military force.

“We are restructuring ourselves to become a major force. That’s what we should be doing,” Salami said Monday, addressing a ceremony attended by the IRGC Navy commanders and pilots of the IRGC Navy’s Airborne Force in the Northern province of Gilan.

“Today, the IRGC Navy is moving forward with some major results. One of its greatest military achievements is the Airborne Force,” he added.

The IRGC announced last month that it had set up and was equipping its Airborne Force upon an order from Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

“The Airborne Force is one of the most important pillars of ground forces in the world, and we are equipping the new unit upon the Leader’s order,” Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Ground Force General Abdollah Araqi told FNA.

This is while the IRGC helicopters are mostly used in missions by the IRGC Aerospace Force.

According to Araqi, a number of helicopters have been delivered to the IRGC Ground Force and this is still ongoing.

Given the type of missions carried out by the Ground Forces across the world, they are in need of Airborne Force for logistic support and offensive operations.

The IRGC Aerospace force enjoys high capabilities and has taken wide strides in building different home-made aircraft, including drones.

The Islamic Republic has so far unveiled various domestically produced drones, including Ababil, Fotros, Hazem, Karrar (long range attack drone), Mohajer, Sarir, Shahed 129, Yasir and Zohal.

General Salami said earlier that the IRGC has developed a drone technology which has empowered its radar-evading pilotless aircraft to fly 3,000km nonstop for reconnaissance and combat missions.

“Our defensive achievements and tests have grown so much that we avoid releasing reports about them in order not to prevail a security atmosphere in the society,” Salami said in Tehran.

Noting that Iran which one day merely test-fired short-range missiles is now in possession of high-precision long-range missiles, he said, “Today, our drones’ 3,000-km operational range and their ability to carry out offensive operations is no more surprising to us.”

Salami also said Iran rejects many arms sales proposals from foreign manufacturers as it can build more advanced weapons and equipment.

By Fars News Agency

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