In comments on Sunday, Brigadier General Hatami said the ministry’s experts have been working on a new military vehicle that will be soon delivered to the Armed Forces.
Highlighting the Defense Ministry’s technological capabilities, he said it has signed contracts with Iranian carmakers to manufacture the critical auto parts whose production has been hampered after the withdrawal of foreign contractors from Iran.
In November 2018, the Defense Ministry unveiled a homegrown armored military vehicle, dubbed Toofan (hurricane).
The armored, mine resistant and ambush protected vehicle has been designed to carry out logistical and combat missions in the theater.
Toofan has been delivered to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force.
The four-wheel drive truck is protected against land mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) with explosion power of several kilograms of TNT equivalent.
The high mobility multipurpose truck is also resistant to steel-core bullets and can move in difficult terrain, drive through 1.5 meters of water and climb barriers as high as 50 centimeters.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.