The US is busy with the creation of a ‘maritime security coalition’ to patrol the waters in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, but so far, only the UK and Israel have expressed interest in joining.
The ‘defensive power’ provided by Iran’s domestic military industry has forced the country’s “enemies” to reconsider their threats against Tehran, Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, chief of the Defence Ministry’s Marine Industries Organisation, has said, Mehr News has reported.
Speaking in Tabriz, northwestern Iran on Friday, Rastegari recalled the sorry state of Iran’s defence industry before the 1979 Revolution, pointing to the country’s heavy reliance on foreign military equipment and thousands of foreign advisors. Today, he said, after four decades of sanctions, the country has reached self-sufficiency in the defence sphere.
“All the weapons made over the past decade rely on domestic Iranian capabilities. The sons of this homeland have manufactured ballistic, surface-to-surface, surface-to-air, surface-to-sea missiles,” the commander said, listing off the various weapons systems created by Iranian engineers over the past decade, including both reverse-engineered equipment and completely new systems which he said were on an equal playing field with those of the world’s leading military powers.
“Today…the armed forces are alert and ready,” Rastegari said. “Until a few years ago, the enemy…