Iran self-sufficient in manufacturing drones - Defense Minister
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, July 18, IRNA
IRI Defense & Logistics Affairs Minister said here Wednesday Iran is today self-sufficient in manufacturing various types of drones.
IRNA Political Desk reporter quoted Brigadier General Mostafa Najjar as saying at a ceremony marking the final stage of a contest for designers and manufacturers of drones at Sharif Technical University, "Iran's advancement in the field of the new generation of intelligent digital equipment has been eye catching."
Elaborating on the role of interactions between the country's universities and industries, he said, "Such blessed interactions can accelerate the trend of developments and advancement in the field of manufacturing intelligent machines, and are in fact the key to fruitful success in this field."
Brigadier General Najjar reiterated, "Drones are employed in traffic control, terrestrial studies, mines' evaluation, meteorology, fire extinguishing, environment protection, and pesticide spraying today."
Pointing out the significance of airspace security in national defense and stability, he added, "Among the most significant advantages of employing drones in ensuring country's airspace security I can refer to decreasing the human casualties, increasing the country's operational capability, increasing the precision in using weaponry and other military facilities, and decreasing the operation time."
He said, "Manufacturing drones inside Iran would also lead to wealth generation for the country, and we predict that the designing and manufacturing of these aircraft is quite economical for Iran." Brigadier General Najjar added, "Today, relying on the strong will of the Defense Industry technicians and experts, the Defense Ministry has succeeded in making fully indigenous this complicated industry, and to employ its countless advantages at the service of our country's advancement and development."
Appreciating the sponsors of the Drone Designing & Manufacturing Contest, he reiterated, "A comprehensive and long-term look at the airspace defence matter and taking advantage of the modern technologies, particularly the nano technology in pursing that objective, are among the most important factors leading to ensuring an effective airspace defense for our country."
According to him, the Defense & Logistics Affairs Ministry is ready for supporting the scientific projects proposed by talented university students throughout Iran, particularly those presented by Sharif Technical University students, as a top priority.
In addition the the Defense Minister, present at the closing ceremony of the Drones Designing & Manufacturing Contest, there were the Science, Research and Technology Minister Mohammad-Mahdi Zahedi and a number of university professors and Defense Ministry officials and experts.
Seventy technician teams from across Iran had participated at the nationwide contest.
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