President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the National Defense Industry Day ceremony on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the country’s defense capabilities should reach a point where they will serve as a deterrent for all bullying and arrogant powers.
Addressing a ceremony held to mark the National Defense Industry Day in Tehran on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad noted that Iran's progress in defense industry is not meant for conquering other countries and dominating neighboring states or other parts of the world.
“Progress in this field is first aimed at defending geography, territory and existence of a country and then defending the entire humanity,” the chief executive added.
He noted that defense industry is very important due to its technological and scientific aspects as well as its powerful impact on international environment.
“In order to be deterrent, the defense industry should take advantage of the most advanced sciences and fortunately, the sets of equipment unveiled today are among the best in the world.”
President Ahmadinejad added that defense industry is also a pioneer sector which can drag other industries along and can turn into the country’s reference industry.
“We are dealing with mean people in the world who have built a few planes, but do not provide us with planes or their parts under trivial pretexts. Therefore, we must try to make them ourselves,” he stated.
The Iranian president noted that every time the Iranians break new grounds in any field, people around the world rejoice because most nations see Iran as a source of inspiration, not a potential rival.
“No other nation has been so inclined toward the summits and perfection than the Iranian nation; it has never sufficed itself to remain in the status quo and has gone for the highest point in any field it has entered,” Ahmadinejad stated.
During the National Defense Industry Day ceremony on Tuesday, six new defense achievements were unveiled.
The achievements included an enhanced version of fourth generation Fateh (Victory) 1D-110 missile, Armita flying laboratory, Bonyan (Foundation) 4 marine engine, Aras tactical vehicle, Vafa (Loyalty) mortar launcher as well as Shahed tapping and positioning system.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
The country has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.