News ID: 318568
Published: 0312 GMT December 08, 2021

Iran making satellites, carrier rockets under sanctions: IRGC chief

Iran making satellites, carrier rockets under sanctions: IRGC chief

National Desk

While under U.S. unilateral sanctions, Iran is currently manufacturing satellites and carrier rockets, which is indicative of the country’s significant scientific progress, said the chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks in an address to a Wednesday ceremony in Tehran, stressing that no one has helped Iran in its path to progress, IRNA reported.

He added that geographic vastness and defense and economic capabilities are not the criteria for a country’s greatness, but the people’s profound thoughts, science as well as big hearts and souls.

“Foreign-granted power does not make a country great. We are progressing and have grown. Over the past years, we have witnessed the rapid pace of the country’s progress and felt the difference. Prior to the [victory of Iran’s 1979 Islamic] Revolution, we only read about satellites [in books]; but could not imagine being able to make them. Today, under sanctions, we produce satellites and launch vehicles that have over 64,000 parts and send them into orbit. This shows that we have made great scientific advances.”

Other examples of such scientific progress are Iran’s production of unmanned aerial vehicles, of which domestic experts have made various kinds, Major General Salami said.

These drones are capable of landing at any desired place, the commander added, noting that development of domestic COVID-19 vaccines is another instance of the country’s scientific advances.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in developing and manufacturing a broad range of military equipment, making the Armed Forces self-sufficient in this regard.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will never be subject to negotiations.

In addition, the country’s Armed Forces have developed two COVID jabs, namely Fakhra (Defense Ministry) and Noura (IRGC).

The other domestically produced COVID vaccines are Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute), COVIran Barekat (Barakat Foundation) and Soberana 2 – or PastoCoVac (Cuba’s Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Iran’s Pasteur Institute).





Resource: IRNA
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