Sunday, September 6, 2009

Iran Builds Systems to Trace, Destroy Cruise Missiles

A senior Iranian commander announced on Sunday that the country's experts managed to build hi-tech missile defense systems capable of tracing and intercepting Cruise Missiles.

"Today, we can not only trace, but also destroy radar-evading Cruise Missiles," Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani said.

Miqani also described continued optimization of the existing systems, good interaction with universities and industries, building dozens of home-made flaks capable of competing with the world's modern systems and building anti-aircraft missiles and military and civil defenses as among the most important activities of the base.

He further viewed the 30-year-long military boycotts imposed against Iran as "ineffective", and said the Iranian armed forces have taken good steps towards self-sufficiency and could make vast progress in military and aerospace fields.

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.

The Iranian Air Force produced a new training fighter jet named 'Kosar' earlier this month which is a joint production of the Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces' Aviation Industries.

Iran successfully tested a home-made radar-evading Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with bombing capabilities in June. Also last year, the country's Defense Industries launched production lines of two well-known home-made fighter jets, namely Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) and Azarakhsh (Lightening).

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