IRGC Commander: Iran-Made Missiles Belong to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in the Central province of Qom where the main stage of the IRGC missile drills are being held, Hajizadeh said the missiles fired during the wargames are “Iran-made and belong to the Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi nations, as well as all the oppressed people of the world.”
“We are not after expansionism and certainly these missiles are not being used against terrorist groups. However, that could be a possibility too,” he added.
He further noted, “Iran has built missiles that can hit targets at 2,000km. They are designed to hit Israel at such a distance. Israel has been surrounded by Islamic countries and its life is short. So it will collapse in any given war – long before a missile is even fired.”
Hajizadeh said Iran has developed different tunnels and silos for its missiles and will give a harsh response to any stupid aggression by the enemies.
The IRGC began the main stage of its ballistic missile exercises on Tuesday.
Called ‘Eqtedar-e Velayat’, the command, tactical and special exercises are being conducted in the presence of IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari as well as General Hajizadeh.
The drills are meant to test advanced missile defense systems as well as showcase the deterrence power and the clout of the IRGC forces in defending the country’s territorial integrity against foreign threats.
The maneuvers are being held in different geographical locations, using ballistic missiles fired from silos.
Iranian Armed Forces 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.
The officials have always underscored that the country’s defense program cannot be affected by the nuclear deal clinched between Iran and the world powers on July 14 and the UN Security Council resolutions.
On October 11, Iran successfully test-fired the country’s new precision-guided long-range ballistic missile that can be controlled until the moment of impact. Emad carries a conventional warhead.
“This missile (Emad) which has been fully designed and made by Iranian Defense Ministry’s scientists and experts is the country’ first long-range missile with navigation and strike controlling capability; it is capable of hitting and destroying the targets with high-precision,” Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan told reporters after the successful test of Emad missile.
The Iranian Defense Minister reiterated that the manufacture and successful testing of Emad missile is a technological and operational jump in a strategic field, and said, “We don’t ask for anyone’s permission for boosting our defense and missile power; we resolutely continue our defense programs, specially in the missile field, and Emad missile is a conspicuous example.”
General Dehqan felicitated Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Armed Forces and nation on the successful testing, and appreciated the scientists and experts of the Aerospace Industries Organization of the Defense Ministry.
The Iranian Defense Minister reiterated that the mass production and delivery of Emad missile to the country’s Armed Forces will considerably increase their power and tactical capabilities.