Iran to unveil new arms, military equipment

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami announced the country's plans to unveil several new home-made weapons and military equipment in the near future. "God willing, we will unveil numerous defense achievements on the threshold of the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution (February 11, 1979) and the start of its fifth decade," General Hatami told reporters in Tehran after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. He said one of the achievements that will be unveiled soon will be related to the naval fields, but declined to release any further details.

Iran to unveil new arms military equipment
Qiam-1 short range ballistic missile, developed from the Iranian Shahab-2, a licensed copy of the North Korean Hwasong-6, all of which are variants of the Soviet Scud-C missile (Picture source: Iranian state TV)

Iran has in the past few decades after the Islamic Revolution made good achievements in building different weapons and military equipment, specially missiles. In one of the latest developments in August, a new generation of home-made pin-pointing missiles, named 'Fateh Mobin' and equipped with an advanced and smart explorer, was unveiled in Iran. The radar-evading, tactical and pin-pointing missile which was unveiled in a ceremony participated by General Hatami enjoys high agility and can operate against sea and land-based targets in all types of environment, even in electronic warfare conditions. The missile is also capable of penetrating anti-missile defense shields.

Elsewhere, Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari also unveiled several achievements developed by the Army Ground Force, including a quadcopter with a range of 100km and flight durability of 4 hours which is capable of carrying a load. Also, a command-and-control system was unveiled by General Heidari which is capable of transmitting voice, image and data in encoded data.

In a relevant development in July, Iran started mass production of its new Fakour air-to-air missile in a ceremony participated by General Hatami. "Fakour is a radar-equipped mid-range air-to-air missile which has been designed and built with the help of the latest state-of-the-art world technologies," General Hatami said, addressing the ceremony in Tehran. He added that the missile can be fired from fighter jets, saying that it can engage different hostile planes within the operational range. General Hatami said that the missile, which is the longest-range air-to-air missile produced by the Iranian experts so far, will increase the country's defense and deterrence power. "Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran joined the club of air-to-air missiles manufacturers," he added.