NEW DELHI, (BM) – Despite the sanctions, Iran will continue to develop in the air force sector, upgrading its aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles. This statement was made by the Iranian Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Amir Khatami, at the ongoing military exhibition in India.
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Khatami said that Iran achieved all this thanks to the Iranian military’s engineering potential and that his country’s efforts will continue in this direction. The Iranian minister’s speech mentioned the Kosar light fighter and the Yassin training aircraft, various helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Khatami reiterated that Tehran had outlined a bright future for its air force despite the international community’s sanctions. However, the Iranian minister noted that his country is lagging in modern air technology development. However, he said, Iran hopes to succeed in this area soon and catch up with its competitors and countries with which it conflicts.
Iran already has a ship to transport helicopters and UAVs
Iran’s state news agency FARS reports that the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ naval units now have a new warship that can perform various functions, including the transportation of helicopters, drones, patrol boats, and cutters.
The inauguration ceremony of the Shahid Rudaki took place on November 19. It was attended by many Iranian officials and the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC], Major General Hossein Salami, and IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri.
According to the information spread by the Iranian agency FARS, the multifunctional carrier was made in Iran and had entirely Iranian technology. The ship is 150 meters long, weighs 400 tons, and is 22 meters wide. The Iranian navy’s new combat carrier has a three-dimensional phased array radar, which provides the ship’s crew’s necessary “visibility.” For its protection and the protection of Iranian troops during military missions, the vessel has sea-to-sea and surface-to-air missiles, torpedoes, and an advanced electronic warfare system.
More about the Aero India 2021 exhibition
The Aero India 2021 exhibition has already started. It takes place from February 3 to February 5. This exhibition is the 13th edition and locates in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The exhibition presents to the world the latest technological achievements in the field of aviation and defense. Fifteen countries are participating.
India will try to sell some of its aviation developments at this exhibition. The main targets of Indian companies are mainly African countries. The Indian Ocean region is also considered a market for the Indian military industry.
Fighter jets, helicopters, and missiles are the most commonly present products presented by India and other countries.
Boeing’s performance at this exhibition will be followed with interest, as the F-15EX has a real chance to displace Russian MiG-29K fighters from the market, thus violating Moscow’s dominance and Russian arms companies’ influence the region.
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