Iran marks National Army Day

Thu Apr 18, 2013 18:12:25

Units of the Iranian Army hold a major military parade to the National Army Day, displaying the country’s defensive and military capabilities.

Gathering near the Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum in the south of Tehran, units of ground and air forces showcased their new military equipment in the presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and top military commanders.


Addressing the ceremony, Ahmadinejad said Iran’s Army power stems from reliance on the nation and it is now more vigorous than any other time.


“Reliance on the nation gives essence of national power and a nation which believes in itself will never fear from hollow power,” he said.


Iranian president slammed the West for its naval presence in the Persian Gulf that has led to insecurity in the region.


The presence of US naval forces in the Persian Gulf has been considered as provocative in the Middle East.


During the parade, Iran showcased its S-200 air defense system, which was first displayed in September. The S-200 is a Russian-made, medium to high altitude surface-to-air missile system designed primarily to track, target, and destroy aircraft and cruise missiles.


Shahab, Thamen and Matla' al-Faj advanced radar systems, Nazeat 60 and Nazeat M10 missile launching system as well as Zelzal and Qased missiles were also put on display in the ceremony.