(Persia Digest) – The Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces has said: “Today, we are on the verge of developing the world’s most advanced aircraft engines and helicopters to become self-sufficient in these valuable systems.”
Visiting the Iranian Defense Industries Organization, Major General Mohammad Bagheri said: “Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran imported most of its military and non-military industrial equipment. But with the victory of the Islamic Revolution and despite the imposition of sanctions by our enemies, we have moved towards self-sufficiency and enhanced the knowledge and ability of the defense industry. Today, the defense industry is the proponent of many of Iran's industries.”
Referring to Iran's decisive achievements in the field of aviation industry, he stated: “In the production of helicopters, missiles, drones, and many other auxiliary equipment, the engine is a major issue and the main propellant and the industry has taken a growing, evolving path in recent years.”
Bagheri continued: “We began by producing small parts. Today, we are on the verge of developing the world’s most advanced aircraft engines and helicopters to become self-sufficient in these valuable systems.”
He added: “These achievements show that sanctions as a tool of oppression on the Iranian people and the armed forces can turn into a positive force forward to conquer the peaks of power for the IR of Iran.”
Major General Bagheri described the downing of the advanced US drone at 60,000 feet which had invaded the Iranian air space as a significant step, reiterating: “This took the world by surprise, even those countries with leading defense systems, demonstrating the efficiency and field and operational capabilities of an Iranian defense system.”
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