Iran unveils home-made air-launched missiles

Iran unveils home-made air-launched missiles
# 25 September 2013 18:35 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Iran unveiled two domestically manufactured air-launched missiles on Wednesday, Press TV reported, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"By designing and building these missiles for the first time in the country, not only will the fighter jets of our country's Air Force be equipped with advanced air-launched Qader (Mighty) missiles with a range of over 200 kilometers and air-launched Nasr (Victory) missiles with a range of over 35 kilometers, but their operational and deterrence power will also increase considerably," said Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan.

The missiles enjoy high-precision capability, especially in targeting vessels, high destruction power as well as high resistance against radio jamming, and they can be fired quickly by fighter jets even at low altitudes, he was quoted as saying.

Iran's Army will unveil a domestically made unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in near future, Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan said on Wednesday.

The remote-controlled aircraft Yasir, which has high flight capabilities and has been jointly designed and mass-produced by experts at the Defense Ministry and the Army's Ground Forces, will be unveiled in an official ceremony on Sept. 28, said Pourdastan.

On Monday, Iranian Army's Ground Forces commander announced that Iran's Army will stage major drills in November.

Pourdastan told reporters that domestically designed and manufactured advanced weapons will be tested during the week-long drill, according to Press TV.

The military exercise, codenamed Qamar-e Bani Hashem, will be conducted in an area covering 250,000 square kilometers, said Pourdastan without specifying the area where the drills will be held.

"The capabilities of armored and airborne units will be tested in the drill," he was quoted as saying.

Also, Commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said Sunday that the Iranian Armed Forces, including Army units, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basij forces, will stage a large-scale joint air defense drills in a mountainous region of the country in late October.

Nearly 8,000 military personnel will be directly involved in the drill, while another 17,000 will provide logistics for the maneuver, said Esmaili without further elaboration.