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Iran's Defense Ministry ready to unveil new Cruise missile: Gen. Hatami

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sun / 16 August 2020 / 16:28

Tehran (ISNA) - Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami stressed that the defense industry is the strategic depth of defense and security of the country and science and technology field is the support for the defense industry of the country.

Speaking on Sunday in a ceremony held on the occasion of National Defense Industry Day, General Hatami said, "We are able to meet more than 90 percent of our defense requirements so that we could materialize our predefined objectives in the defense field that Iran should be the first power in the region in the field of science and technology in 2025 Defense Outlook".

Any sanctions cannot dissuade Iran to strengthen its defense power and capability, he underlined.

Referring to the latest achievements of the defense industry of Iran, General Hatami added, "New defense achievements in the fields of aviation, missile, drone and maritime including a new Cruise missile would be unveiled on August 21 in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani".

Iranian Ministry of Defense has established very close relationships and interaction with knowledge-based companies, academic centers, universities and private sector firms, he said, adding, "Knowledge-based companies and academic centers have a great share in defense industry achievements greatly."

About Defense Ministry's plans after lifting of arms embargo on Iran in October, the minister stated, "No country is interested in sanctions and does welcome restrictions. Islamic Republic of Iran will export its arms and weapons after sanctions lift. As Iran moves towards the right path, the sanctions could not create obstacles for achieving industrial goals, rather, the country attained all progresses and achievements in the defense industry in sanctions condition".

He went on to stress that Iran tried successfully to turn the threats into opportunities and will continue with this way.

Iran will also make use of world capacities to meet national needs to arms equipment and technology if opportunities are created, General Hatami added, noting that the country will be also ready to sell technical services and technology to the friendly states.

In response to a question on the space activity of the Ministry of Defense, General Hatami stated, "The space program of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a permanent program and has gone through several stages."

Elsewhere in his remarks, the defense minister pointed to the key role of media and said, "We are facing many developments in the region and in the current situation, media play a leading and key role in this field."

Iranian media outlets and Armed Forces played their key role with regard to the dissemination of accurate information in regional events, he emphasized.

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