Fars News Agency – May 4, 2011
Speaking to FNA, Vahidi announced that the new weapons were delivered to Iran’s Armed Forces last week.
Asked to reveal the detailed specifications and features of the new anti-armored weapons, Vahidi stated, “These weapons identify the weak points of the enemy tanks and hit them from above.”
He also announced that Iran is now producing laser-guided anti-chopper missiles, and added that the missiles can detect and hit targets with high precision.
Vahidi stated that mass production of these weapons has already started and that his ministry has supplied the first consignments of these weapons to the country’s Armed Forces.
He further announced that Iran is producing different types of air-defense missiles which will be supplied to the country’s military units in the near future.
The Iranian Army recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of its home-made weapons, tools and equipments, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircraft, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, in a series of massive military drills.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, specially at a time of heightened threats by the US.
Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.
Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.