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Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi (file photo)

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi (file photo)

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says the Islamic Republic will be unveiling a number of domestically designed and manufactured missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in the near future. Speaking on the sidelines of the 4th Festival of Defense Studies in Tehran on Monday, the brigadier general stated that Iran has made great strides in the production of military equipment. "We have also made achievements in other areas that will be announced gradually," Vahidi said. The commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, said on June 11 that the domestically designed and built Fateh (Conqueror) submarine would be unveiled by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, which winds down on March 20, 2014. Sayyari made the remarks one day after the commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, said Iran would be putting a new drone, named the Haazem-3 (Farsighted-3), on display on September 1 on the occasion of Iran’s Air Defense Day. In early February, Iran unveiled upgraded versions of its Zolfaqar and Samsam tanks as part of the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations commemorating the 34th anniversary of the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Iran’s Zolfaqar tank has a distinctive box-shaped, steel-welded turret and is operated by a crew of three. The tank is armed with a 125mm smoothbore 2A46 gun, which is fitted with a fume extractor. Its secondary armament consists of a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a 12.7mm machine gun. The Samsam tank is said to be an upgrade of the M-60A1 battle tank. On February 2, Iran unveiled its latest fighter jet, the Qaher-313 (Conqueror-313). The single-seat stealth fighter aircraft can take off and land on short runways. In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems. Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to other countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence. MP/HGL
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