Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Iran tests home-made air defence systems

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TEHRAN: Iran tested home-made air defence systems during military exercises, state media said, days after the expiry of an international arms embargo against the Islamic republic.

The manoeuvres – dubbed “Defenders of the Sky” – took place in “an area covering half of the country s surface”, state television s Iribnews website reported.

They came after Tehran ruled on Sunday that a UN arms embargo on its weapons had expired under the terms of the international agreement on Iran s nuclear programme and UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Iran on Monday said it was more inclined to sell weapons rather than buy them, after announcing the end of the longstanding embargo.

“In these exercises, the new generation systems of the army and Revolutionary Guard have shown their strength by relying on the power” of local production, said Iribnews.

The website said targets at medium and high altitudes were shot down by Iran s Khordad 3 and Khordad 15 air defence systems and that fighter jets took part in the manoeuvres.

“Our forces have achieved all the objectives set,” General Qader Rahimzadeh, who is commanding the exercises, told state television.

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