Commander: Iran Possessing Largest Chopper Fleet in Region
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Army's Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari announced that Iran possesses the largest chopper fleet in the region and enjoys self-sufficiency in the field of combat and reconnaissance surveillance drones.
“We have the largest fleet of helicopters in the region. Today, our helicopters are outfitted with the best night-vision cameras and precision missiles,” General Kioumars Heidari said on Sunday.
“We have also achieved important milestones in the field of UAVs. At present, we have achieved self-sufficiency in the field of combat and reconnaissance drones, he added.
In a relevant development last month, Iran’s Defense Ministry declared self-sufficiency in manufacturing military drones.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Commander of the Iranian Army Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard announced that the Iranian-made Air Defense systems have been upgraded to confront enemies' harshest threats.
"We build equipment inside the country such as the Hormuz radar and the Shams simulator that is cutting edge science and technology and the enemies know this because they are constantly keeping an eye on us and know what indigenous capabilities have been added to the air defense force in recent years," General Sabahifard said.
"Building a long-range simulator system is more difficult than other simulators, but this capability has been achieved in Air Defense Force Research and Self Sufficiency Organization," he added.
General Sabahifard said that the purpose of designing and building a simulator is that instead of using the main system to train the troops, it is possible to train specialists, people and users by building a simulation system so that they do not have any problems working with the main system.
"What is good about indigenous systems is that because they are built inside the country, we can upgrade or redesign them based on the new threats to make them able to deal with the toughest threats," he said.
General Sabahifard said that the country's Air Defense and the powerful defense force of the army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, because of the capabilities it has obtained in the construction of the equipment, is number one in the region and has a say in the world.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that the Islamic Republic's Armed Forces comprising the Army, the IRGC, the Police Force, and the Basij Force have established a strong defense shield against possible threats of enemies.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks at the joint graduation ceremony for cadets of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces Academies at Imam Hossein (PBUH) University on Sunday morning.
Ayatollah Khamenie, the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, attended the ceremony through videoconference.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony was held with only a number of the exemplary units from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army, IRGC and Police in attendance.
"Our armed forces are a strong wall and a shield of the country against the hard threats. Today, Iran's Armed Forces including the Army, the IRGC, the police, the Basij are literally a defensive shield against the hard threats of external and internal enemies," Ayatollah Khamenei said during the ceremony.
"The security of a country is the basic and necessary infrastructure for all activities and progress," he added. "It is a great honor for a country to be able to provide its own security with its own capable and powerful forces, and those who, under the illusion of relying on others, think that they can provide security of their own countries, should know that they will be slapped soon," the Supreme Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that the presence of foreign armies in our own region, including the US military, is destructive and provocative.
"Everyone should try to make independent countries and armies that are only dependent on nations and converge with other neighboring and regional armies. This is to the benefit of the region," he said.
In relevant remarks in mid-April, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the Army’s preparedness for different missions, calling on officials to further increase military power.
In a message to Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi on the occasion of the Army Day in Iran (April 18), Ayatollah Khamenei lauded all Army personnel and their family members.
“Today, the army is on the scene and preparing for mission,” he stressed.
Addressing the Army commanders, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Continue to increase these preparations as much as needed and play a role.”