Iran to unveil new air defense system
Tue, 17 Aug 2010 07:36:47 GMT
Iran is set to inaugurate the production line of a long-range air-defense missile system on August 22 to counter any likely air attack on the country.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi described the production of the missile system as yet another achievement by Iranian defense experts, saying "the Karrar anti-aircraft defense system will be inaugurated on August 22."
The Iranian defense minister told reporters in a press conference on Tuesday that a high-speed boat named as Seraj and the new generation of Zolfaghar missile-launcher boat have also been produced domestically and will be launched in the "Government Week" 24-31 August.
Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran in an attempt to counter a US weapons embargo on the country after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The Islamic Republic has managed to produce home-made missiles, fighter jets and other defensive weapons.
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.