The military parade to mark Iran’s Army Day kicked off with Iranian fighter jets flying over the holy shrine of Imam Khomeini.
The ceremonies to commemorate the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army Day on April 17 began with a parade of various specialized Army units in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as well as senior army officials including Commander of Iranian Army Major General Amir Ataollah Salehi, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firuzabadi, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmadreza Pourdastan.
The ceremony is underway at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, in Southern Tehran.
The Iranian Army is displaying its latest home-made military tools, weapons and equipment in the large military parades in Tehran.
Iran’s Air Force performed an air maneuver over Imam Khomeini’s shrine comprising F14, F7, F5, F4, Lightining, Mig-29 as well as 707 tanker aircraft.
Later, parts of the equipment and achievements of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force units were presented including several bombs.
Among the other equipment inaugurated during the April 17 parade were X53 and X29L, PLG, Ghader, Nasr, Fakour, Fab-500, AM54 as well as MVE missiles.
It is noteworthy that a 1000-pound bomb with LCG was also displayed during the ceremony marking Iran’s National Army Day.
Russia’s S-300 surface-to-air missile system was also unveiled during the ceremony on Sunday morning.
A total of 35 pieces of equipment belonging to Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base were also shown in the parade in front of Imam Khomeini’s holy shrine.
The equipment included Kasta surveillance radars, 10 Shahrivar radar antennas, Kheibar reconnaissance system, Baser 2 and 3 reconnaissance systems, Fath 2 communication system as well as Rasul and Shahab communication systems.
S-200 missile system was also unveiled which marks a guided missile to destroy flying targets at long-distances and high altitudes.
Iran’s Mersad SAM system was also displayed which uses a series of domestically produced Radars and Electronic Devices and is capable of intercepting ballistic missiles.
The Mersad air defense shield is a completely indigenized system developed by the Iranian experts and technicians to promote the country’s combat power.
Hag and Rapier missile defense systems were shown at the ceremony while they have been designed by domestic industry professionals and are used against low and medium targets.
Rapier missile defense systems, designed to defend sensitive parts of the country near refineries and nuclear areas have been fully optimized and equipped with considerable operational capabilities, also marched during today’s ceremony.
Talaash-3 (Endeavor-3) system was also unveiled, a fully indigenized long-range missile defense system to be connected to surface-to-air systems like the S-200 missile.
The event later hosted the 23- mm-caliber cannon installed on Safir multipurpose vehicle which has been designed by Iranian experts for low altitudes.