The Iranian Defense Ministry unveiled two home-made state-of-the-art and sophisticated drones in a ceremony on Saturday.
Two new advanced and sophisticated drones joined the Iranian Armed Forces on Saturday in presence of Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, Deputy Defense Minister and Head of Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Brigadier General Afshin Khajeh Fard, and a number of senior officials of the Armed Forces, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
“Undoubtedly, drone industry is considered as one of the outstanding and reliable points in increasing authority and defense power of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” General Ashtiani said during his visit to the Exhibition of Achievements of Aviation Industries Organization.
Prior to his remarks, he endeared the name and memory of martyrs of the defense industry especially Iran’s top nuclear scientist Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who took giant stride in this respect.
Four decades have passed since the formation of this indigenous industry in aviation industry of the defense ministry, General Ashtiani said, adding, “Today, we are witnessing the flourishing of this industry and emergence of new operational achievements in this industry.”
He referred to the global trends and regional conflicts and also different generations of weapons and combat equipment, and said: “Today, the role of drones is undeniable in battlefield, war, various intelligence and operational missions including surveillance, optical and signal reconnaissance, combat, etc. and this strategic product is one of the main systems in all scenes of land, air, sea combat.”
In relevant remarks in December, General Khajeh Fard had underlined the country’s astonishing progress in production of different military equipment, saying that the Iranian drones are favored by many customers in the market.
“In the aviation industry, we did not think that there would be such a large number of customers for Iranian drones,” General Khajeh Fard said.
He added that Iran has also been able to produce air brakes, noting that today many countries well-known in aviation industry are asking to cooperate with Iran for joint production of air brakes.
General Khajeh Fard said that this shows the global tendency towards the products of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s aviation industry, and stressed the need for the further expansion of the industry to attract more customers.