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IRGC Navy takes delivery of sophisticated homegrown missile systems, drones

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy takes delivery of sophisticated indigenous missile systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other equipment during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on August 5, 2023. (Photo by Tasnim news agency)

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has taken delivery of sophisticated homegrown missile systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and armament featuring state-of-the-art technologies suitable for electronic warfare.

The indigenous military hardware was supplied to the naval force during a Saturday ceremony attended by IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami, IRGC Navy Chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, and other top-brass military figures.

The new military gears have been developed by military experts at Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO), a subordinate of the Iranian Defense Ministry and a leading high-tech complex headquartered in Tehran, the Marine Industries Organization, the Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), Iran Electronics Industries (IEI), and Iranian knowledge-based firms.

Various types of reconnaissance and combat drones, as well as different types of armored command and logistics vehicles, surveillance systems, and electronic warfare systems, were among the new homegrown armament.

The IRGC Navy also took delivery of different types of cruise missile launcher trucks, radar and command systems, and several hundred cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges between 300 and 1,000 kilometers.

In remarks at the event, Rear Admiral Tangsiri described the new equipment as a “major and effective step” on the path of expanding the combat capabilities of the IRGC Navy.

He noted that the new cruise and ballistic missiles are furnished with artificial intelligence, have longer ranges, can be prepared for launch instantly, destroy the enemy’s electronic warfare systems, and hit designated targets from various directions.

The commander also explained that the new drones have longer flight endurance, are armed with larger and heavier munitions, can be used in electronic warfare circumstances, detonate mobile targets, and strike naval targets with great pinpoint accuracy.

Iranian military experts and engineers have in recent years made remarkable breakthroughs in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has repeatedly called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities.

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