Commander Stresses Iran’s Continued Progress in Optimizing Laser-Guided Weapons
Iranian Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shah Safi announced on Tuesday that the country enjoys full capability to optimize its hi-tech weapons systems with high precision striking capability and building new generations of missiles.
“The Air Force is fully capable of building equipment for bottleneck operations, overhauling different types of aircraft and manufacturing and optimizing different types of laser(-guided) weapons with pinpoint striking capability and new generations of missiles,” Shah Safi said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Monday night.
He also underlined that the Iranian Air Force enjoys expertise and equipment for electronic warfare and is capable of increasing the flying range of its fighter jets, conducting aerial refueling and mounting defensive weapons on combat fighters.
The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor.
Iran successfully tested second generation of Sejjil missiles and brought it into mass production in 2013.
Sejjil missiles are considered as the third generation of Iran-made long-range missiles.
Also, Iran’s 2000km-range, liquid-fuel, Qadr F ballistic missile can reach territories as far as Israel.
Iran’s surface-to-surface Sejjil missile, the long-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile which has a range of up to 2,000 km, and Zelzal and Fateh missiles have all been developed by the Aerospace Organization of the Defense Industries.
This is while the solid-fuel, two-stage Sejjil missile with two engines, is capable of reaching a very high altitude and therefore has a longer range than that of the Shahab 3 model.