Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Mehdi Farahi made the remarks while addressing the first international confab to commemorate the 12th martyrdom anniversary of Hassan Tehrani Moqaddam, a general known for his relentless efforts to develop Iran’s missile program.
He said the Iranian experts at the Defense Ministry do not seek to merely manufacture military parts but are now taking steps toward the production of state-of-the-art military equipment.
He expressed hope that such outstanding military achievements would further increase Iran’s deterrent power.
As announced by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iran had sought to import barbed wire from abroad as the country was not able to produce it due to the extensive scale of the sanctions while the Soviet Union has also prevented the cargo to be delivered by way of their land, Farahi said.
“However, Iran exported military equipment worth some one billion dollars last year,” the official emphasized.
Iranian military officials praise the country's defense industry sector for its great progress in the past decades, stressing that Tehran has manufactured such advanced defense equipment that the world military powers are vying to gain access to them.
The Islamic Republic’s military doctrine holds that the country’s armed capability solely serves defensive purposes.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made substantial headway in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the weaponry sphere.
Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the country will not hesitate to boost its military capabilities, including its missile and drone power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will never be subject to negotiation.