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Defense Ministry to mass produce `Dehlavieh’ anti-armor weapons

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, June 19, IRNA -- Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, on Tuesday unveiled his Ministry’s plan to mass produce new generation of anti-armor weapons in the near future.

Addressing a group of his personnel in a ceremony commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of former defense minister Mostafa Chamran here on Tuesday, Vahidi said the new anti-armor system will be named after “Dehlavieh”, the area where Chamran was martyred.

"God-willing, the mass-production line of the new (anti-armor) system will be inaugurated in the new future," Vahidi said.

Last August, the Iranian Defense Ministry started mass-production of 73-mm anti-armor rockets capable of piercing and destroying armored vehicles from a 1,300-meter distance.

"The weapon is mobile and due to its low weight, it can be carried by an individual trooper," Vahidi told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held to launch the production line of the rocket at the time.

Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1021292

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