DM: Iran Capable of Designing, Mass Producing Required Weapons Systems
- September, 23, 2013 - 10:49
- Defense news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian defense minister praised the country’s technological achievements in defense fields, and added that local technicians are now capable of designing and manufacturing all the necessary weapons systems inside the country.
“Today, we can assert to have reached such a level of science and technology that we are able to design the required weapons systems from scratch, and put them in production process,” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on Sunday.
He also pointed to Iran’s capabilities in developing all kinds of ground, naval and air defense missiles, and added, “In maritime sector, we produce and optimize torpedoes and naval cruise missiles, and we are capable of designing and producing medium submarines.”
The Iranian minister further noted that prototypes of such submarines have been manufactured and will be available for service in the near future.
In recent years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
In the latest development, the mobile version of Iran’s S-200 air defense system was put on display during military parades in Tehran on Sunday.
Iranian armed forces began nationwide parades on Sunday, the first day of the Sacred Defense Week which marks the onset of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran 33 years ago, and put on display their latest military and defensive achievements, including the S-200 mobile air defense system.
S-200 is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude surface-to-air missile system designed in the 1960s to defend large areas from bomber attack or other strategic aircraft. Each battalion has 6 single-rail missile launchers for the 10.72 m (35 ft) long missiles and a fire control radar. It can be linked to other, longer-range radar systems.
Commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili earlier said Iran had introduced such wholesale enhancements into the system that it could be assigned a new name. "Of course, the upgrade one has received the confirmation and commendation from the Russian manufacturers."