Iran will unveil new maritime patrol aircraft soon, taking another step toward national modern defense technology, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said, IRNA reported.
"Construction of new maritime patrol aircraft by Iranian Defense Ministry is to be accomplished soon and we hope we could unveil them in due time," said Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.
He said the unveiling ceremony may coincide with "ten-day dawn ceremony" - anniversary of Islamic Revolution Victory on February 1-11.
The new aircraft enjoy long flight time, optical and radar subsystems as well as interception and surveillance applications. It can drop ammunition as well.
Also regarding Iran's decision to launch an explorer carrying life capsule into space, he said, "The plan is in final stages and I think we could launch it into space in the near future."
Over the past years, Iran has gained considerable progresses in defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in manufacturing key military equipment and systems, despite sanctions against the country by the UN Security Council, the U.S. and the E.U. over the country's refusal to abandon peaceful nuclear work.
The country has repeatedly announced that its military might is merely based on defense doctrine and deterrence of any attack and poses no threat to other countries
Edited by: S. Isayev