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News number: 8708210926

15:22 | 2008-11-11

Defence

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Unmanned Units Boost Iran Combat Drive

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran is set to further boost its military's combat capabilities with new generations of unmanned aircraft systems and surface vessels.



Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Naval Forces, Brigadier General Ali Fadavi, said Monday that the country is mass-producing the new unmanned military systems.

The launch of the large-scale production of new military systems comes in line with Leader of the Islamic Revolution's command to manufacture exclusively-developed equipment to enhance Iran's defense industry in the face of possible threats.

Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has urged the production of exclusive military hardware for the country, asserting that in order to counter a potential attack Iran should employ weapons the enemy is unfamiliar with.

Israel, the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East, accuses Iran - a signatory to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) - of making efforts to develop a nuclear bomb and has threatened to strike Iranian nuclear facilities.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Pointing to Western war rhetoric, the Iranian commander said constant enemy threats have put the country on a "war footing", press tv reported.

In preparation for war threats, Brig. Gen. Fadavi added that "the IRGC aims to streamline and modernize its combat unit through the use of the new unmanned systems in the Persian Gulf".

Speculation that Israel could bomb Iran has mounted since a big Israeli air drill in June. In the first week of June, 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters reportedly took part in an exercise over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece, which was interpreted as a dress rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear installations.

Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.

The United States has also always stressed that military action is a main option for the White House to deter Iran's progress in the field of nuclear technology.

Iran has warned it could close the strategic Strait of Hormoz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.

Strait of Hormoz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route.

Intensified threats by Tel Aviv and Washington of military action against Iran contradict a recent report by 16 US intelligence bodies which endorsed the civilian nature of Iran's nuclear plans and activities.

Following the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) and similar reports by the IAEA head - one in November and the other one in February - which praised Iran's truthfulness about key aspects of its past nuclear activities and announced settlement of outstanding issues with Tehran, any effort to impose further sanctions or launch military attack on Iran seems to be completely irrational.

The February report by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, praised Iran's cooperation in clearing up all of the past questions over its nuclear program, vindicating Iran's nuclear program and leaving no justification for any new UN sanctions.

The UN nuclear watchdog has also carried out at least 14 surprise inspections of Iran's nuclear sites so far, but found nothing to support West's allegations.

Following the said reports by the US and international bodies, many world states have called the UN Security Council pressure against Tehran unjustified, demanding that Iran's case be normalized and returned from the UNSC to the IAEA.

Meantime, a recent study by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a prestigious American think tank, has found that a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities "is unlikely" to delay the country's program.