All the intelligence on the military capabilities of Iran’s Air Force cannot be publicized, but “these secret weapons will be used surprisingly against the enemy if need be,” Deputy Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), Brigadier General Aziz Nasir-Zadeh, was quoted by IRNA as saying in Tehran Tuesday.
He added that IRIAF is ready to respond to any threat as it has demonstrated its readiness and competence in the military drills the country has performed.
Commending Iran’s enhanced military might, the commander pointed out that “today, we have attained self-assurance and self-sufficiency so that we can manufacture the necessary equipment and weapons domestically.”
Nasir-Zadeh described successful test use of smart ammunition, including intelligent and anti-radar bombs, as part of the most important achievements the IRIAF has recently made.
Responding to a related question, he also said, “Competent Iranian experts have installed new and up-to-date equipment on Sukhoi 24 and MiG 29 aircraft and upgraded these fighters’ [operating] systems.”
In recent years, the country has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment, including advanced air defense systems.
Iran has repeatedly said that its military prowess poses no threat to other countries and that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.