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Iran to buy new fighter jets to boost defense capabilities: Senior commander

24 November 2016 14:54



Iran plans to purchase new fighter jets to boost the country’s air defense capabilities, a senior Iranian commander says.

Talks have been held on the purchase of new aircraft, Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the second-in-command of the Iranian Army, told reporters on Wednesday.

He, however, did not provide details on the type of aircraft or their country of origin.

Pourdastan (seen below) also said that the fighter jets of Iran’s Air Force “have been overhauled and are ready to defend the country and counter any threats.”

The senior commander highlighted Iran’s plan to employ domestic capacities to reinforce its defense capabilities, particularly air combat readiness, adding that the Islamic Republic manufactures new military hardware in proportion to the potential threats facing the country.

In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other states, saying that its defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

Last week, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said the country was set to unveil a new domestically-manufactured helicopter and an advanced tank in the near future.

Dehqan said on November 16 that the Saba-248 helicopter and the Karrar tank would be soon unveiled.

He added that the newly-developed military hardware was designed and manufactured by local experts at the Iranian Defense Ministry in cooperation with science and research centers as well as knowledge-based enterprises in the country.

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