Iran's former defense minister says his country is ranked sixth in the world in missile production.
The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi on Sunday as saying that Iran reached this level of manufacturing by "attaining domestic technology for building solid fuel missiles, as well as designing and manufacturing surface-to-surface long-range missiles."
Vahidi also claimed that Iran is first in the Middle East in missiles production.Like yesterday's announcement by Iran's outgoing nuclear chief claiming Iran currently has 18,000 operational centrifuges, so too outgoing Defense Minister Vahidi is both taking the opportunity to posture support before upcoming negotiations with the West, as well as setting the bar of achievement before the newly installed Rouhani administration.
As a side note, there's a notable difference between the former and new defense minsters. Outgoing Defense Minister Vahidi retained his current standing in the IRGC as a brigadier general, while the new. recently confirmed Defense Minister Dehghan has for some time now shed his IRGC uniform and enters the ministry wearing civvies.