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  • Iran Unveils 700-Km New Naval Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveils 700-Km New Naval Ballistic Missile 28 September 2020
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) presented on Sunday a new naval ballistic missile with a range of more than 700 kilometres. The new IRGC ballistic missile, "Zolfaqar Basir", was displayed at the Permanent Exhibition of Achievements and Capabilities of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division in Tehran which opened on Sunday morning according to the Iranian news agency Tasmin.   Known as the latest version of a new generation of ‘Persi...
  • Iran Deploys Submarine, Cruise Missile in Exercises
    Iran Deploys Submarine, Cruise Missile in Exercises 14 September 2020
    The Iranian navy on Friday deployed home-grown military equipment including a submarine and a cruise missile on the second day of exercises near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The submarine dubbed the Fateh -- Persian for "Conquerer" -- was seen in action for the first time and sailed up the Indian Ocean, the military said on its website. The near 600-tonne sub is equipped with torpedoes, mines and cruise missiles, and can stay underwater at a depth of more than 200 metres (650 fee...
  • UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port
    UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port 12 September 2020
    French News Agency Agence France Press reported that Britain on Friday announced a $30.5 million, investment to triple the size of its base in an Omani port close to the sensitive waters of the Gulf. The expansion of the "logistics hub" at Duqm will "facilitate Royal Navy deployments to the Indian Ocean" and "further support British Army training in Oman," the Ministry of Defence said. "The long-standing friendships between the UK and the Gulf states are mor...
  • Iran Modernised T-72
    Iran Modernised T-72 18 August 2020
    Iran, which is frequently brought to the agenda with its interesting breakthroughs in the defence sector, added a new one to its T-72 modernization solutions. The Iranian defence industry introduced a modernized new model of the T-72S main battle tank. Platforms stated to have modern electro-optical systems and a new generation fire control system; in addition to the laser rangefinder, ballistic computer, rcws (Remote Controlled Weapon System) and night vision equipment were integra...
  • Mock-Up Attack Reharsal
    Mock-Up Attack Reharsal 31 July 2020
    Iran, which came to the fore with interesting breakthroughs in the defence area, performed a remarkable rehearsal. A floating object, allegedly a "fake aircraft carrier" of Iran, was seen in the photos released in the world press recently. Having experienced tensions with the USA, especially the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, Tehran conducted an exercise involving an attack plan on an aircraft carrier-sized surface platform. The floating hull that arrived in the re...
  • Iran's "New" Cruise Missile
    Iran's "New" Cruise Missile 18 June 2020
    Today Iran launched ,allegedly new, cruise missiles in the north of the Indian Ocean and the Oman Sea area. The ammunition was developed under the leadership of the Iranian Defence Ministry. The missile is alleged to be a next-generation Qader missile. As part of a naval exercise called "Martyrs of Ramadan", the missiles destroyed targets from a distance of 280 kilometres. During the shooting training in the Persian Gulf in May, Iran hit its own platform. Th...
  • Iran Hit Own Ship Accidentally
    Iran Hit Own Ship Accidentally 11 May 2020
    Iran, which frequently conducts exercises and live-fire trainings in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, hit its own platform during similar activities. During the live-fire exercise conducted in the Persian Gulf, a Noor anti-ship missile launched from Moudge class IS Jamaran (76) corvette hit the Hendijan class IS Konarak (A 1403) support vessel. In a statement made by Iranian officials, it was announced that the plaform located at a shorter range than the safe dis...
  • Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases
    Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases 24 April 2020
    Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to escalate after Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in January. Earlier this month, the U.S. military said 11 vessels from the IRGCN came close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.” On April 22, President Donald Trump posted on his official Twitter account that:" I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy...
  • Iran to Build New Ship
    Iran to Build New Ship 6 April 2020
    Iran is planning to start building six-ton, multi-hull destroyer ships this year. The new platform will increase the capability of the Iranian Navy, according to the statement of the country's head of the Ministry of Defence Marine Industries Organization, Amir Rastegari. The ship can “conduct operations for at least two months without docking for supplies”, he added. Rastegari said Iran has the capability to produce nuclear submarines.   * Photo is re...
  • Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile 13 February 2020
    Iran, which has frequently come to the fore with its nuclear studies and ballistic missile programs, unveiled a new ballistic missile. At the ceremony organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Raad-500 surface-to-surface ballistic missile and new generation rocket engines were introduced. It was stated at the ceremony, which was also broadcasted on Iran State Television, that the new rocket engines were suitable for use with ballistic missile and satellite carrier rocket sys...
  • Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit
    Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit 29 January 2020
    Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. After the Zafar satellite is placed in orbit a timeline has been finalised to launch five more, the minister added. The United States fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran denies the U.S. accusation Tensions have reached the highest level in decades between Ir...
  • Russia Might Be Tracking F-35s
    Russia Might Be Tracking F-35s 18 January 2020
    Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there is unverified information that at least six American F-35 jets were “in the Iranian border area” at the time when Iran accidentally downed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 last week. “This information has yet to be verified, but I’d like to underline the edginess that always accompanies such situations,” he said on Friday. Lavrov said these words to understand the context...
  • Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient?
    Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient? 6 December 2019
    Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the Islamic Republic had gained full self-sufficiency in the field of defence. Speaking at the exhibition of military products, Bageri stated that Iran achieved self-sufficiency in defence of the country. Bageri said, “Today, we can declare that we have achieved full self-sufficiency in defending the country, and these achievements have given the great Iranian nation effective might and deterrence, sec...
  • New Measures from Iran 22 November 2019
    The defence industry continues to keep pace with developing and changing technologies. Recently, the use of unmanned systems has increased and the UAV system, which is a cost-effective solution, has become a danger for the countries' airspace. Iranian Deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General Ghasem Taghizadeh said that Iran is now mass producing laser weapons to defend its air from drones.  “The research and experimental phase for this weapon has finished and it is now in the ...
  • Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border
    Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border 10 October 2019
    Turkey, began operations against terrorist organizations in the north of Syria. At the same time with this operation, Iran, allied with Syria, started an unannounced military exercise near Turkey's northwest border. According to the news in the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA, the exercise carried out with the participation of Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. The military drill held with the theme “One Target, One Shot”. The exercise is aimed at evaluating th...
  • Counterstep from Iran 12 August 2019
      Iran continues to strengthen its defence capabilities. A newly-overhauled advanced radar system was unveiled by Iran on Saturday, August 10 and delivered to the Iranian Army's Air Defence Unit.  The Falagh radar which is based on Gamma radar procured from Russia, is capable of detecting various cruise and ballistic missiles as well as stealth aircraft in a range of 400 kilometres. The overhauling operations of Falaq took 2,300 man/hours of work.   ...
  • Iran Intimidates with Missiles
    Iran Intimidates with Missiles 1 August 2019
    The missile was launched from the southern coast of Iran and landed east of Tehran. It flew about 1,100 kilometres and stayed inside Iran for the entire flight. Shabab-3 is derived from the North Korean No Dong Missiles. Missile launches are not forbidden under the nuclear accord reached between Washington and Tehran, which US President Trump complains about the agreement that he abandoned last year. But a United Nations Security Council resolution, passed just as the agreement was reached, s...
  • U.S. İnitiates Operation Sentinel 21 July 2019
    The United States Friday announced the US Central Command is developing a multi-national maritime effort to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East. The effort, labelled as Operation Sentinel, comes a day after the US said it destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it came within threatening range. The goal of Operation Sentinel is declared as promoting maritime stability, ensuring safe passage, and de-escalating tensions in interna...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar 1 July 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine
    India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine 9 March 2019
    India has for the third time signed an agreement to lease a Russian Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine according to Times of India. New nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), will be available by 2025, after a comprehensive refurbishment at a Russian shipyard. The agreement will be realised despite the threat of US financial sanctions looming over the earlier $5.4 billion contract inked for Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems in October last year. This submarine will rep...
  • Iran Missile Trial
    Iran Missile Trial 5 February 2019
    Iran has announced that it has made test launch of new missile. Test was carried out for the 40th anniversary of the revolution, and it was claimed to be successful. The Iranian media reported that the new cruise missile, Hoveizeh, is able to reach a range of 1350 km. During the test, the missile hit its target succesfully after 1250 kilometres flight. It is also known that the system, which is produced entirely by domestic capabilities, is not capable of carrying nuclear warheads.<...
  • Unknown Radar from Iran
    Unknown Radar from Iran 23 January 2019
    According to Iranian Fars News Agency, a new type of radar is ready for deployment with the country’s air defence forces. Fars News claimed that a ceremony was held at “Khatab al-Anbiya Air Defence Base” only for protocol was for a “radar system which has been built and put into action” at in the city of Zahedan. Located near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Zahedan boasts an international airport and rail links stretching across the Balochistan...
  • Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand”
    Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand” 22 January 2019
      The Iranian Navy destroyer has been equipped with a close-in weapon system (CIWS) an indigenized version of Phalanx, that is used for defence against anti-ship missiles, for the very first time. Iran announced that it is working on such system in August 2018. Tasnim news agency quoted the Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi that the system is going to be installed on vessels that carry out missions in deep and distant waters. He sug...
  • Unsuccessful Trial of Iran
    Unsuccessful Trial of Iran 17 January 2019
    Iran recently announced that the satellite launch attempt failed. The rocket, launched with a satellite load, could not reach orbit. Iranian Ministry of Communication said in a statement that the carrier rocket could not reach the required speed for the trajectory and the launch failed in the third stage. No explanation was given about the factors that caused the failure. In the trial held on January 15th, the communication satellite named “Payam (Message)” was conveyed ...
  • Iran to Build Submarine
    Iran to Build Submarine 24 December 2018
    Iranian press announced a new submarine project. Navy’s requirement context, Tehran started to develop new platforms. The project platform will be 87 meters long and 10 meters in diameter. Looking at the size of the project is expected to be a fairly heavy platform. Construction activities in the near future is planned for new submarine. There is no information about Iranian underwater fleet except open sources and what kind of capabilities will Iran gain with this lea...
  • US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey
    US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey 19 December 2018
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Turkey has requested the possible sale of 4 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, 4 Engagement Control Stations, 10 Antenna Mast G...
  • Iran Launches Serial Production of Kowsar Interceptor Jet
    Iran Launches Serial Production of Kowsar Interceptor Jet 5 November 2018
    Iran has started the mass production of a fourth-generation domestically-manufactured interceptor jet in a major step toward the renovation of its Air Force, Iran’in state television reported. "Soon the needed number of this plane will be produced and put into service with the Air Force," Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami stated at a ceremony launching the plane's production. The production of each Kowsar jet would save the country about $16.5 millio...
  • Iran Says Warships To Be Equipped With Advanced Defence System
    Iran Says Warships To Be Equipped With Advanced Defence System 24 August 2018
    Iran’s navy on Saturday unveiled its first-ever advanced defence system for its warships. The destroyer of the Iranian Navy was first equipped with a domestically-made ship-to-air missile system designed to combat anti-ship missiles, semi-official Tasnim reported Saturday. Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told reporters in Tehran the domestically made Kamand system would protect Iran’s naval destroyers against anti-ship cruise missiles. In remarks carried by ...
  • Iran Unveils First Homegrown Fighter Jet
    Iran Unveils First Homegrown Fighter Jet 22 August 2018
    Iran has successfully test-flown the first indigenous advanced light attack and training jet ‘Kosar’ concurrent with the National Day of Defence Industry. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday attended a ceremony in Tehran in which the country’s first fighter jet designed and manufactured by domestic military experts was unveiled. In February, Iran unveiled what it claimed was a locally-developed stealth fighter, the Qaher 313, but today it “u...
  • Iran Unveils New Radar-Evading Anti-Ship Missile
    Iran Unveils New Radar-Evading Anti-Ship Missile 13 August 2018
    The new missile, a new modification of the Fateh-110 "Conqueror" solid-propellant surface-to-surface missile dubbed the Al-Mobeen ("The Divine Conquest"), was unveiled on Monday by Iranian Defence Minister Brig Gen. Amir Hatami. Minister Hatami attended to the presentation ceremony to congratulate the army and military designers with the completion of the work on the new missile. US media outlets reported on Friday that the US intelligence had detected ...
  • Iran to produce 800 MBT
    Iran to produce 800 MBT 22 July 2018
    The Iranian military will receive up to 800 new and upgraded main battle tanks in the coming years. Defence ministry plans to upgrade and produce around 50 – 60 tanks annually at its production facility in Dorud. The tanks to be built will be most likely the Karrar (Striker) and the Zolfaghar. The Karrar is an indigenous combat vehicle developed in-house by Iran's Defence Industries Organisation (DIO) and was announced on 12 March 2017. It has three crew (Gunner, Commander and Drive...
  • UAE military Reported to Visit Israel to See F-35
    UAE military Reported to Visit Israel to See F-35 7 July 2018
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) military delegation is reported to have made a visit to Israel to see the US-made F-35 stealth fighter jets. A military delegation from the UAE wanted to see the “performance” of F-35s. Citing an unnamed official source, Israeli i24 news channel said that an American delegation was also present at the time of the UAE visit, without giving any date. In the same report, UAE is reportedly keen to get the US-made F-35 fighter jet....
  • Neocon Legacy in Iranian Policy
    Neocon Legacy in Iranian Policy 11 June 2018
    The neocon establishment once again took hold of Washington following the recent appointments. Bearing resemblance with the George W. Bush era, can the current situation culminate in another catastrophe? With the former Head of CIA, Mike Pompeo and Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Relations as well as UN Ambassador during the George W. Bush era, John Bolton, becoming Secretary of State and National Security Adviser respectively, it seems that the neocon establishmen...
  • Iranian Strike-Capable UAV Goes Into Serial Production
    Iranian Strike-Capable UAV Goes Into Serial Production 8 February 2018
    The Iranian Defence Ministry on Monday launched the mass production of a tactical drone, Mohajer 6, with the capability to carry smart bombs with high precision strike capability. Equipped with Qaem precision-guided bomb, Mohajer 6 was designed to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance missions along with its strike capability. "It can destroy different fixed and mobile targets in day and night missions and can infiltrate various types of installations an...
  • 'Qadir' In Wargames
    'Qadir' In Wargames 25 January 2018
    The Iranian naval forces for the first time test-fired indigenously-developed long-range Qadir cruise missile during the wargames underway in the Sea of Oman on Tuesday. Qadir is a new generation cruise missile with a range of 300 km, reportedly featuring quick reaction capability, the ability to fly at low altitude, great precision and high destructive power. First unveiled in August 2014, The mass production of the long-range missile was launched by the Iranian Defense Minist...
  • Towards a Great Chaos…
    Towards a Great Chaos… 11 December 2017
    The US President Donald Trump’s plan to relocate the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to acknowledge this city, considered holy by the three Abrahamic religions, as the official capital of Israel in near future, is the stepping stone to an unavoidable bloody chaos of great proportions in the 21st century.  In fact, all is played out in the open in the Middle East; the region is gradually drawn into a great settlement and concomitant dissolution in accordance to a s...
  • Iran's Clear Message To Turkey
    Iran's Clear Message To Turkey 3 November 2017
    Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour has made important statements about global and regional policy and Turkish-Iranian relations at the Istanbul Security Conference organized by TASAM between 1-3 November. Speaking on the last day of the conference, Sajjadpour explained today's international and regional relations with his unique ABC approach. Sajjadpour said A stands for Analysis of Clarity, B for Blame-game Epidemic and C for as Cooperational Containment.&nb...
  • Scud Claim by Israel
    Scud Claim by Israel 18 August 2017
    Israeli local media claims that Iran is building a Scud missile factory in Syria. Satellite images taken by Israel’s Eros B were broadcast on Channel 2, and reports likened the facility to a similar structure located near the Iranian capital, Tehran. Iraq launched these missiles to Syria in response to the US attack in the Gulf War. US news reports have said that Israeli intelligence officials will discuss the situation in Syria and Lebanon with US counterparts in Washington this w...
  • Succesful Launch from Simorgh 29 July 2017
    Iranian authorities announced first succesful launch of Simourgh Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV) without payload. The Simorgh Program is seen as a milestone for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) trials from Western authorities. Simorgh can carry 250 kilograms payloads into 500 kilometers Low Earth Orbit.  
  • Iran Inaugurated Production Line For New Missile
    Iran Inaugurated Production Line For New Missile 28 July 2017
    Iran has officially inaugurated the production line of the new Sayyad-3 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) during a 22 July ceremony attended by the Minister of Defence Hossein Dehghan. The Iranian Ministry of Defence (MoD) then released the first high-quality images of the missile. Dehghan said the Sayyad-3 has a maximum range of 120 km and a maximum altitude of 27 km while featuring a combined active radar, semi-active radar, and infrared guidanc...