Iranian Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said during a ceremony on
Sunday that Iran’s Defense Ministry and the aerospace division of the
Revolutionary Guard jointly developed a long-range surface-to-surface missile
According to the report on Iran’s Press TV website, Vahidi said
that the missiles were for defensive purposes.
“Today, the Defense
Ministry, with the key strategy of self-confidence, hard work and
self-sufficiency, designs and manufactures different weapons and military
systems in aerospace, naval, aerial, ground, electronic and optic fields,” said
Iran has a habit of triumphantly declaring technological
achievements that many Western analysts find doubtful, but there is often no way
to check if the new declared technology works.
Iran’s defense minister
also said that it would have a strong response to any aggression, making the
enemy regret its attack.
“Iran does not want war with any country and
will not be the initiator of any war or conflict, but will also not allow any
aggression or hostile act [against the country],” Vahidi added according to the
Vahidi also said that the advance was part of Iran’s larger goal
of becoming self-sufficient for crucial weapons systems.
The new weapon
would allow for firing large numbers of missiles at the enemy, according to
Iran’s Mehr News.
Tensions in the region continue to build over the
country’s nuclear program, and the threat of an Israeli or American strike has
Iran building up its defense systems to meet the threat.
How much is
rhetoric and how much is real is not fully known, but the rhetoric has served to
prepare and raise the spirits of the Iranian public for any conflict with Israel
or the West.