Iran unveils two indigenous air-based missile systems

Wed Sep 25, 2013 17:07:34

Iran has unveiled two domestically manufactured air-based missiles in a ceremony marking the national Sacred Defense Week.

The missiles, named Qader (Mighty) and Nasr (Victory), were unveiled Wednesday in the presence of Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan.

“By designing and building these air-launched 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-based Qader missiles with a range of over 200 kilometers and air-based Nasr missiles with a range of over 35 kilometers, but their operational and deterrence power will also increase considerably,” Dehqan said on Wednesday.

The Iranian defense minister also said the missiles enjoy high-precision capability, especially in targeting vessels, high destruction power and high resistance against radio jamming, and can be fired quickly by fighter jets even at low altitudes.

Meanwhile, Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan said on Wednesday that the Army is set to unveil a domestically developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The remote-controlled aircraft, named Yasir, will be unveiled in an official ceremony on September 28, Pourdastan said.

The drone, which has high flight capabilities, has been jointly designed and mass-produced by experts at the Defense Ministry and the Army’s Ground Forces, said the top commander.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iran unveiled its first indigenous long-range drone, Karrar, in August 2010. Shahed-129 and Hazem 3 are two other indigenous Iranian UAVs.

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

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