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Iran’s defense arena reaching its highest peaks of strength: IRGC chief

Soldiers hold Iran’s flag as Army’s helicopters participate in the National Army Day parade in Tehran on April 18. (File photo by Fars News Agency)

The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has commended the increasingly growing power of Iran’s Army, noting that the country's defense arena is reaching its "highest peaks of strength".

Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting between a number of top IRGC commanders and senior commanders of the Iranian Army to mark National Army Day.

Referring to the impressive military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Salami said that the aerial, maritime, and ground military equipment showcased in the parade heralded the “advent of a new power.”

Hailing the self-sufficiency of the Iranian Army in producing advanced equipment, IRGC’s first-in-command said these modern tools point to the rise of a “reassuring defense might” in the country.

“What was seen in this parade was not comparable even with the past few years of the Army and showed that there has been a leap in the field of producing power in the Army and that this will be a non-stop move,” he said.

This handout photo shows a meeting between the Iranian Army’s Chief Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi (L) and the Chief Commander of the IRGC Major General Hossein Salami in Tehran on April 19, 2023.

Various branches of the Army showcased part of their military equipment in the parade which was attended by top officials, including President Ebrahim Raeisi. The force has also unveiled a host of new military hardware in the past few days.

The logic of “becoming more powerful in the face of major world power” has shown the path to the Iranian armed forces, Salami said, adding, “This trend will continue with an increased speed in the future and we will never stop because our enemies do not stop.”

Speaking at the meeting, the chief commander of the Iranian Army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi lauded the unity between the Army and the IRGC.

“The unique sympathy between the Army and the IRGC, despite the enemy’s efforts to sow discord via psychological pressures and operations, is a thorn in the eye of the enemy and has dashed their hope,” Mousavi said.

The increase in the military might was also stressed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei during a meeting that he had with top military commanders of the country on Sunday.

He voiced his satisfaction with the continuous progress in the Iranian Armed Forces over the years and described as “absolutely necessary” the readiness of the Armed Forces for deterring enemies and their vigilance against the behind-the-scene plotters.

Having experienced eight years of war imposed by Saddam Hussein's regime with the support of his Western and regional allies in the 1980s, Iranian armed forces have adopted a policy of self-sufficiency as inhumane boycotts had deprived the country of buying arms to confront well-armed Saddam’s army.

Iranian experts have in recent years made significant progress in developing various military hardware from various types of missiles and missile systems to drones, tanks, and warships.  

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