RNA - "The world arrogant powers and the Zionist regime do not dare to make an aggression against the Iranian nation for the fear of missiles and the mighty Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)," Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said in the Western city of Sanandaj on Monday, addressing the annual nationwide February 11th rallies marking the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
He also referred to Iran's huge scientific, technological and military progress, and underlined that the country is now standing among the superior powers of the world in many fields.
Iran has not only gained self-sufficiency, but also mastered manufacturing different types of missiles and weapons, but it has capped the range of its missiles to a maximum range of 2,000km.
Yet, after the US retreat from the nuclear deal and European states' pressures and insistence on talks with Iran to limit its missile program, several top military commanders in Tehran warned that such pressures could backfire.
Iran late Thursday unveiled its underground ballistic missile production factory for the first time in a ceremony attended by the IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari.
During the ceremony, the IRGC also displayed Dezful smart surface-to-surface ballistic missile at the underground production plant.
Officials have not revealed any further details about the plant. The IRGC had earlier displayed missile towns where hundreds of its ballistic missiles have been deployed, but this is the first time that it has displayed an underground missile production plant.
During the unveiling ceremony, IRGC top commander said, “Mass production of precision and intelligent missiles according to the world’s latest technology, which is the culmination of progress of the country in missile production field, has been realized at the unflinching effort of domestic engineers in IRGC Aerospace Force.”
Pointing to the unveiling IRGC’s underground ballistic missile production facility for the first time in the country, he said, “Giving a harsh response to baseless and unfounded remarks of Western countries is the main objective behind unveiling country’s advanced ballistic missile.”
General Jafari said Iran declares its full defensive power at the threshold of 40th victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, adding, "Iran’s defensive capability is deterrent and is in line with maintaining national security, so that country’s defense power is nonnegotiable.”
The footage released to the media, displayed production of Iran's new surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Dezful. The new ballistic missile has a range of 1,000 kilometers and a 450-kilogram warhead. Dezful is a version of the Zolfaghar missile that has a 700km range.
On February 2, Iran unveiled its newly-developed long-range cruise missile, Hoveizeh, in a ceremony participated by Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.
"The range of Hoveizeh missile is over 1,350km and it is good for targeting ground targets," Hatami said, addressing the ceremony.
He mentioned rapid reaction, low flight altitude, high precision in navigation and high destruction power as among the main features of the missile.
"Hoveizeh ground-to-ground cruise missile has been test-fired in a 1,200-km range and it managed to precisely hit the specified target," Hatami said, adding that the missile will increase the Iranian Armed Forces' capabilities and Iran's deterrence power.
The missile is due to be delivered to the IRGC Aerospace Force.