Iran displays 40 years of national arms development
Two women pose of a selfie in front of a missile displayed at an arms exhibit held in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 9, 2019. EPA-EFE/ Marina Villén
People look at tanks displayed at an arms exhibit held in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 9, 2019. EPA-EFE/ Marina Villén
Tehran, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- In light of the arms ban imposed on Iran, the Islamic Republic resorted to improving its military equipment domestically, including its controversial missiles, and now it has staged an exhibit to showcase its achievement coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
The Iranian armed forces, alongside Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Defense Ministry, displayed some 500 pieces at an exhibition in the heart of the famous religious center of Mosala in the capital, Tehran.
The Iranians managed to develop sophisticated equipment without the help of the West, Director of Public Relations of the Ministry of Defense Davud Abdi told EFE.
Abadi said that the armored equipment, the missiles, and rocket launchers were the result of four decades of "self-sufficiency and revolutionary management."
Visitors of all ages also seemed to be as proud of the achievements, as they posed for selfies in front of tanks, planes, vessels and especially with missiles at the exhibit.
One of the main attractions of the exhibit was the long-range Hoveyzeh cruise missile – with a range of over 1,350 kilometers (838 miles) – that was presented earlier in the month, as well as Noor and Ghadir cruise missiles.
One of the men behind the Hoveyzeh, Ahmadi Jam, told EFE that it is the third missile he helped manufacture in his privately-owned factory.
In recent decades, Iran has developed its missile program and national arms industry ignoring warnings from the United States and European countries and despite sanctions against it that were toughened between 2006 and 2007 in response to Tehran's nuclear program.
The ballistic missile program was one of the reasons United States President Donald Trump gave for withdrawing Washington from the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran, which has seen the international community slacken economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran's nuclear climbdown.
The resolution 2231 adopted by the United Nations Security Council, which approved the nuclear deal, does not ban the development of these kinds of missiles but urges Tehran to drop such projects, too.
Another product that drew attention at the exhibit was drone Shahed 171, the Iranian version of the US RQ-170 Sentinel that was seized by Iranian military in Dec. 2011, when it entered the Iran air space near the border with Afghanistan.
Many experts point out that most of Iran's developed arms are copies or new versions of designs by other countries.
Since the revolution in 1979, which brought about the creation of an Islamic State, Iran has jostled for regional influence with its foe Saudi Arabia, a US ally.