Defence Power of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Right since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran 33 years ago, the domineering powers, led by the Great Satan, the US, have no spare no plot and conspiracy to try to overthrow the Islamic Republic System.
One of these plots was the US imposition of war on Iran through Saddam, a plot that dragged on for 8 years until it was decisively foiled by the spirit of sacrifice, jihad and martyrdom of Iran’s brave combatants. This was the era of Holy Defence that made the nation realize that key to success is only self-sufficiency in all fields, including defence and military hardware. It is the experience gained by Iran during the imposed war that has turned the Islamic Republic into a formidable power which no aggressor would like to take on. On the occasion of the Ten-Day-Dawn let us review the spectacular progress of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the defence industries.
Over the past 33 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has taken big strides in modernizing its air, ground, and naval forces in order to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity despite the sanctions imposed on the country by the West. Presently all defence needs of Iran are produced by domestic experts. The astounding progress achieved in producing various types of missiles, artillery shells, mortar launchers along with their spare parts, as well as production of helicopters, aircraft and radar control systems by the army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are clear examples of self-sufficiency in military hardware. Iranian experts have also achieved a high degree of maintenance of military equipment by mastering the intricacies of modern science and technology including asymmetric and electronic warfare. It is not an exaggeration to say that presently the Iranian armed forces are among the strongest in the world.
Recently Iran demonstrated its capability to take electronic control of a sophisticated US unmanned aircraft that violated Iran's air space. Iran managed to capture the US drone intact to the amazement of world military experts.
Iran’s committed experts have made the mounting US sanctions meaningless by producing various state-of-the-art military equipment, including defense hardware and software. The naval and marine forces have also been upgraded to the highest possible level. Over 2000 kilometers of Iran's marine borders are being safeguarded by the navy against any adventurism by outside forces. The launching of the Jamaran destroyer, various types of submarines, frigates, and an assortment of light and heavy vessels like the 1000 ton landing craft and speedboats equipped with missile-launchers and suited to the Persian Gulf waters, as well as electronic communication equipments, are part of the achievements in this field. Iran has also developed amphibious vessels, capable of operating over a range of 600 kilometers without the need to fueling. The Qa’em submarines which are considered semi-heavy sub-surface vessels capable of carrying and launching different types of torpedoes and underwater missiles have been made by Iranian experts.
Iran has also manufactured the Tondar jet as well as unmanned and Stealth aircraft. Among the sophisticated military aircraft being mass produced by Iran are Sa’eqa and Azarakhsh. Iran’s drone fleet is also growing with more and more sophisticated aircraft being produced. The air defence radar system of Iran is also better than the SR-300 which Russia had agreed to supply to Iran but cancelled the orders under American pressure. Among the advanced equipment for ground forces produced by Iran are the Zulfeqar tanks and short-range, medium-range and long-range artillery pieces, as well as surface-to-surface missiles of various ranges, including the Shahab-3 that is capable of hitting targets over 2000 km away. Part of Iran’s defence capabilities were recently displaced and tested during the Velayat-90 Maneuver held by the army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in the strategic Hormuz Strait and international waters.
In assessing Iran's defence doctrine, one should say that this is part of the Islamic Republic’s policy of non-aggression, and negation of weapons of mass destruction, especially atomic weapons. Based on these principles, Iran's defence doctrine is development of deterrence power in both the software and hardware aspects of modern warfare. As part of this policy, Iran has often invited defence personnel of neighboring countries to witness its maneuvers as proof of its goodwill as well as to remove misconceptions about the strengthening of its defences. This is vital since the US, the Zionist entity, and their accomplices have made no secret of their mischief in trying to poison minds regarding Iran’s peaceful activities. The other characteristic of Iran's defence and security doctrine is to make any would-be aggressor suffer high tolls as well as huge expenditure. Over the past decade, the US has flooded the region with tens of thousands of its military forces. At the same time, the US and NATO are selling sophisticated military hardware to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf worth tens of billions of dollars, by drumming up Iranophobia. Iran for its part has made it clear that the security of the region could only be guaranteed through collective efforts of the countries of the region, and not dependence on outside powers, which seek only their vested interests.