Sunday, November 2, 2008

Leader urges technological breakthrough for arms industry

From Press TV:
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution has urged Iranian experts to make a technological breakthrough in the country's defense industry.

Iran's Deputy Army Commander Brigadier General Abdolrahim Moussavi said Saturday that Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a new command, had called for exclusively-developed military equipment.

"One method to win an all-out war is to employ weapons which the enemy is unfamiliar with," Brig. Gen. Moussavi said.

The Iranian official also announced that 109 types of innovative military equipment had been added to the Iranian arsenal over the past two years, a few of which were displayed during the country's recent maneuvers.

The report comes as earlier in August, the Leader called for concerted efforts to further upgrade and promote the Iranian Air Force fleet to counter Western threats of an air strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Brig. Gen. Moussavi cautioned that Iran has a better geopolitical and strategic advantage over the enemy in the event of an attack on Iranian soil.

'Different locations outside Iranian borders have been chosen as targets and should the occasion arise Iran's Armed Forces will strike these bases,' said the Iranian commander.

Khamenei seems to be addressing the point that Iran's achievements in military arms production are all pretty much based on existing platforms, such as the T-55 tank and F-5 fighter-bomber. Iran is currently mulling an expansion of its military budget and now a technological breakthrough in arms is being urged by the Leader. This, when the price of crude oil has dropped below $70 a barrel. Where will the money come from to accomplish these goals?

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