Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tehran - Obama's BFF Iran holds Sacred Defense Parade 2015 showing off their Ballistic missiles assortment.
Tehran - Obama's BFF Iran holds Sacred Defense Parade 2015 showing off their missiles assortment. (Fars).
The Iranian Armed Forces publicly displayed 12 long-range ballistic missiles for the first time after Tehran and the world powers reached a nuclear agreement and the UN Security Council issued a non-binding resolution which calls for restrictions on Iran's missile program.
The nationwide parades by various units of the Islamic Republic Army, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Law Enforcement Police and Basij (volunteer) forces were staged in Tehran and other cities across the country on Tuesday morning.
The parades mark the start of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.
Different units of Iran's military forces marched in uniform before top Army and IRGC commanders and President Hassan Rouhani in a show of military might and defensive power.
Also the latest military and defense achievements made by Iranian experts were put on display at the parades.
During the parades, the Iranian Armed Forces displayed 12 long-range ballistic missiles, including 4 Qadr F missiles with a range of 1,950km, Qadr H missiles with a range of 1,650km and 4 Sejjil missiles with a range of 2,000km.
Also, 4 Khalij-e Fars anti-ship ballistic missiles and 4 Hormoz anti-ship and radar-evading missiles with a range of 300km were among other missiles displayed in today's parades.
The public display of Iran's long-range ballistic missiles is seen as a defiance of the western states' demand and resolution 2231 which calls for restrictions on Iran's missile program.
The resolution was issued after Iran and the world powers reached a nuclear agreement on July 14.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan underlined in August that the country's defensive and missile capabilities would growingly increase regardless of any foreign pressures and resolutions.
"No element can weaken our resolve in the defensive field," Dehqan said in an interview with state TV.
"We will design and produce any missiles that we want proportionate to threats and we will conduct drills and tests in due time," he added.
Dehqan stressed that Iran would further boost the range of its missiles appropriate to possible threats.
He referred to the UN Security Council 2231 resolution, and said Tehran didn’t and would not have any plans to manufacture missiles with the capability of carrying nuclear weapons but it will bolster its defensive capabilities similar to the past.
Iran successfully tested second generation of Sejjil missiles and brought it into mass production in 2013.
Sejjil missiles are considered as the third generation of Iran-made long-range missiles.
Also, Iran's 2000km-range, liquid-fuel, Qadr F ballistic missile can reach territories as far as Israel.
Iran's surface-to-surface Sejjil missile, the long-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile which has a range of up to 2,000 km, and Zelzal and Fateh missiles have all been developed by the Aerospace Organization of the Defense Industries.
This is while the solid-fuel, two-stage Sejjil missile with two engines, is capable of reaching a very high altitude and therefore has a longer range than that of the Shahab 3 model. Hmmmm.....Sure looks like a 'peaceful and moderate' bunch to me.