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The chief commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the country managed to change the balance of power in its favor by harnessing the technology required for manufacturing ballistic missiles. Major General Hossein Salami, who was delivering an address at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran on Tuesday, said the Islamic Republic acquired the knowhow 12 years ago while trying to prepare its defenses against the United States’ aircraft carriers.

“This had to be done using ballistic missiles since cruise missiles were vulnerable due to their speed and their trajectory being close to the ground,” Salami said. “Ballistic missiles, however, hit their target at a speed, which is several times the speed of sound, and are difficult to be targeted with anti-missile missiles.”

The US has ratcheted up pressure on Iran since last year after withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic and other countries. Since then, the administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to reduce Iran’s oil exports to “zero,” and has sent an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber taskforce, an amphibious assault ship, a guided-missile destroyer and some 1,500 additional forces to the region.

Iranian officials have dismissed such moves as psychological warfare, saying the country has its own ways of confronting the American animosity. Tehran has also warned Washington against escalating the tensions, and noted that the region cannot withstand another conflict.

On Monday, though, acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington had approved deployment of still some 1,000 more forces to the Middle East for, what he called, “defensive purposes.” 
Nevertheless, the IRGC chief commander said, “The pressure, which you are witnessing [being exerted] is the maximum, which the enemy can apply.”  “They have weakened,” he said, adding, “Our enemy is being struck hollow [from within] and America’s era is ending.”


Iran has unveiled a domestically-designed and -manufactured air defense system capable of simultaneously destroying six incoming hostile targets. The system, dubbed Khordad 15, was inaugurated in the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, IRNA reported on Sunday. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Hatami said the system was capable of detecting fighter jets and combat drones from 150 kilometers away and of tracking them within a range of 120 kilometers.  The system, he added, can also detect stealth targets at a distance of 85 kilometers and engage and destroy them within a range of 45 kilometers. He also said the Khordad 15 air defense system used Sayyad 3 missiles and was capable of simultaneously detecting, intercepting, and shooting down six targets, adding that it could be readied to engage hostile targets in less than five minutes.

The minister also noted that the Islamic Republic was developing systems to counter missiles and other aerial threats given the presence of extra-regional forces at bases in countries around Iran. Iran has recently made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing military equipment and hardware despite facing sanctions and Western economic pressure.  The Islamic Republic says its military power is solely for defensive purposes and does not pose any threat to other countries.

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