Iran is undertaking extensive steps to upgrade its defensive and offensive capabilities. Iran’s Defence Minister Amir Hatami has revealed that one of the main objectives of his country’s domestic military industry is to increase the effective range of its air-launched cruise missiles.
At the moment, most of Iran’s missiles have a range of just over 1,000 kilometres, with ground-launched cruise missiles having an effective range of up to 1,400 kilometres. However, the air-launched missiles so far failed to hit targets more than 1,000 kilometres away.
The Islamic Republic now aims to extend their range by boosting the engine output capacity. At the same time, the defence minister stated that Iran does not seek to increase the range of any of its cruise missiles, whether air-, ground- or sea-launched, beyond 2,000 kilometres, as the country has no need for very long-range weapons.
Hatami noted that domestic military companies currently satisfy 90% of Tehran’s defence needs, and said that after the UN lifts the embargo against Iran on conventional weapons sales the Islamic Republic will consider the possibilities to start working with foreign countries to procure and sell weapons.
The lifting of the embargo is set to happen under the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in 2015. The lifting of the embargo but is strongly opposed by the US, which tried to block the move in the UN Security Council, however it was unsuccessful.
Other signatories to the nuclear deal in the Security Council turned down the US initiative, citing the US’ withdrawal from the accord in 2018. The Trump administration then vowed to impose unilateral sanctions against Iran, even if its European partners and other parties to the nuclear deal do not support them. LINK
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