Army un­veils new chop­per gear

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE -

The air­borne divi­sion of Iran’s Army Ground Force on Mon­day un­veiled a se­ries of home­grown equip­ment and achieve­ments ex­tend­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its he­li­copters.

In a cer­e­mony in Tehran, high-rank­ing Army of­fi­cials un­veiled the lat­est achieve­ments of the young ex­perts serv­ing in the Ground Force’s Air­borne Unit.

The ma­jor item put on dis­play in the event was a mis­sile dubbed ‘Shafaq’ (Twi­light), which is mounted on mil­i­tary he­li­copters.

The home­grown air-launched mis­sile can hit tar­gets within a range of 8 to 12 kilo­me­ters.

An­other high­light of the cer­e­mony was the launch of a pro­gram to equip all air­borne unit chop­pers with night-vi­sion cam­eras, which would en­hance air­craft ca­pa­bil­i­ties in noc­tur­nal mil­i­tary mis­sions.

Also high­lighted at the event was the ac­com­plish­ment of a plan to arm all re­con­nais­sance, lo­gis­ti­cal and trans­porta­tion he­li­copters of the unit with rocket-launch­ers and heavy ma­chine guns.

Ira­nian mil­i­tary ex­perts and tech­ni­cians have in re­cent years made great head­ways in man­u­fac­tur­ing a broad range of indige­nous equip­ment, mak­ing the armed forces self-suf­fi­cient in the arms sphere.

In com­ments in Fe­bru­ary 2018, Leader of the Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion Ay­a­tol­lah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for ef­forts to main­tain and boost Iran’s de­fense ca­pa­bil­i­ties, hit­ting back at the en­e­mies for dis­put­ing the coun­try’s mis­sile pro­gram.

“With­out a mo­ment of hes­i­ta­tion, the coun­try must move to ac­quire what­ever is nec­es­sary for de­fense, even if the whole world is op­posed to it,” the Leader said.

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