Military Chief: Demands for Iranian Drones Exceeding Production

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri praised the country's defense industry for manufacturing various type of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and said that demands by foreign customers for Tehran-made drones are much higher than the country’s production capacity.

Maj. Gen. Baqeri highlighted the country’s remarkable progress in the defense field at a conference titled “Sacred Defense and its Impact on the National Security of Iran and West Asia” on Monday. 

"While Iran was once faced with sanctions on the purchase of weapons, the sanctions have currently been imposed on the export of Iranian military hardware," the top general stated.

Noting that “major world powers” are willing to purchase Iranian military equipment, he added, “Today, the number of customers of our drones are several times our production capacity."

The military chief stressed that his country has turned into a “big drone power” that is outperforming major world powers.

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Iranian military officials praise the country's defense industry sector for its great progress in the past decades, stressing that Tehran has manufactured such advanced defense equipment that the world military powers are vying to gain access to them.

Tehran has in recent years gained significant progress in developing surveillance and combat drones. Iranian military officials announce that the country stands among the world's top states manufacturing UAVs.

Military officials say Tehran is self-sufficient in building drones from their fuselage to various subsystems and engines, adding the country’s Armed Forces are equipped and ready to carry out any type of drone operations and missions.

Back in early February, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Air Force Brigadier General Hamid Vahedi admired the country's self-sufficiency in the production of various types of UAVs, and said that Iran's drone power has increased by 33 percent.

The Islamic Republic’s military doctrine holds that the country’s armed capability solely serves defensive purposes.

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

Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the country will not hesitate to boost its military capabilities, including its missile and drone power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will never be subject to negotiation

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