IRGC Commander Underlines Production of More Advanced Electronic Warfare
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami in a meeting with Iranian Army Commander Major General Seyed Abdolrahim Moussavi stressed the need for the development of more advanced electronic warfare to defend the country.
During the meeting on Tuesday, General Salami hailed the expertise in the Army as deep-rooted and long-standing.
He said that the Army made great achievements during the Iraqi-imposed war on Iran in different fields of air, land and sea.
General Salami also said that the achievements in the field of manufacturing drones in both the Iranian Army and the IRGC were great, stressing the importance of focusing on some specialties, including electronic warfare.
The IRGC commander went on to stress that the unity and brotherly relations between the IRGC and the Army have angered the enemies and described the high-level solidarity and unity among the Iranian armed forces as very pleasing to him.
General Moussavi, for his part, thanked the IRGC commander for his support for the Army and the message on the National Army Day, and said that self-sufficiency in the army, specially in the air force is deep-rooted.
He further hailed the achievement of the Iranian army in the field of manufacturing helicopters at the order of the commander of the chief of all armed forces Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and said that the army is capable of manufacturing warplanes now.
General Moussavi also emphasized the readiness of the army to carry out exchange military students programs.
The IRGC and the Iranian Army have made great achievement in development of different weapons and military equipment.
Reports said earlier this week that Gaza, a new Iran-made drone developed by the IRGC, passed its operational tests and is ready for 35-hour-long flights in missions.
The combat drone which has a 21-meter wingspan and a 3,100-kilogram takeoff mass, and is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg was unveiled in May last year.
The flight duration of the Gaza drone is 35 hours. It can soar to an altitude of about 10,668 meters, equivalent to 35,000 feet, and has a flight speed of 350 km per hour.
Operational tests of the drone have been conducted, it is fully operational, and can be used in a variety of reconnaissance and combat missions.
In addition to military and defense applications, the Gaza drone can also carry out missions in monitoring forests, rescue operations and providing assistance in natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in indigenously developing and manufacturing a broad range of equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.
Last month, the IRGC unveiled one of its new kamikaze drones, dubbed Me’raj 504, which is specialized in attacking enemy’s defense systems.
The unmanned aerial vehicle has been designed and produced by the IRGC’s Ground Force uses a reciprocating engine for propulsion and is capable of carrying a 2.5kg explosive payload over 100 kilometers.