Iranian President Hails ‘Major Strides’ in Developing Defense Industry

Iranian President Hails ‘Major Strides’ in Developing Defense Industry

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised recent achievements of the country’s Armed Forces in the area of military hardware, saying the Islamic Republic has taken great steps toward self-sufficiency in this sphere.

Speaking at a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday to unveil a domestically-made turbojet engine, Rouhani emphasized that the achievements signal that the country has taken “major strides” in the defense industry.

He further said the Iranian administration has never been indifferent to the defense industry and the Armed Forces, adding the annual defense budget of the country has more than doubled in the past few years.

Today, Iran has made great achievements in various areas of defense in air, land and sea, the Iranian president noted.

He went on to say that the defense capabilities of the country’s Armed Forces should provide effective deterrence and make any aggressor regret their acts.

An exhibition of the Defense Ministry’s recent achievements was held in Tehran on Sunday with President Rouhani in attendance, during which Bavar-373 long-range air defense missile system, designed and manufactured by Iranian experts, was put on display.

The president also went to the Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Industries Organization today, marking Iran’s Defense Industry Day, and visited the latest military products developed by local experts in the aeronautical sphere.

Rouhani was briefed on different stages of manufacturing Iran’s ‘national turbojet engine’, and visited other units displaying achievements in the production of fighter and cargo jets, helicopters and drones.

Iranian military technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

Tehran has always assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

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