Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Iran says ready to export defense systems
A senior Iranian military commander has expressed Tehran's readiness to export domestic made air-defense systems to foreign states.
The remark by Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brig. Gen. Ahmad Miqani came as he trumpeted Iran's capability to supply the country's full air-defense needs.
"We are supplying all of our needs in the field of air-defense domestically and inside the country," he told the Iran-based FNA news agency.
"When we start production of a weapon it means that we are mass-producing it and we can export our surplus products to the other countries if there is no problem," he added.
The remarks sounded as Iran sought to showcase its latest military addition and attempt to boost the country's defenses: new naval cruise missile systems.
Capable of spotting and destroying different targets at sea, the systems have been fully designed and produced by local military engineers. The systems, including launching pads, will be deployed along the country's coastline, "playing a key role in maintaining regional security and stability," Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said.
Last month, the country's air force conducted tests of different anti-aircraft defense systems, including the anti-cruise Tor-M1 and S-200 anti-aircraft missile system.
Earlier this year and yielding to international pressure, Russia scrapped a controversial missile defense deal to Iran citing U.N. sanctions against the Islamic republic over its controversial nuclear program.
Military analysts feared that the deployment of the Russian-made S-300 missile system would have created problems in any potential war designs against Iran.
The United States and Israel opposed the sale of the system, which can destroy multiple aircraft and missiles at a range of about 100 miles and altitudes of up to 20 miles. It is able to simultaneously track up to 100 targets.