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Ex-Defense Minister Terms Iran Sixth Missile Producer in WorldIran's missile capabilities are currently the first in the Middle East and sixth in the world, a senior military official announced.

Former Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi made the announcement in an interview with FNA just before the end of his tenure at the defense ministry.

He underlined that the Islamic Republic is currently the world’s sixth power in terms of missile production and capabilities.

“Indigenizing the technology for building solid fuel missiles, designing and manufacturing surface-to-surface long-range Sejjil missile, … increasing precision of medium-range missiles with pinpoint capability like Fateh, designing and manufacturing different marine cruise missiles like Qader, Nasr and Zafar as well as designing and manufacturing various air defense systems, including Ya Zahra, Mersad and Herz 9 are among the efforts which have enabled us to reach to this point,” Brigadier General Vahidi said.

Earlier this week, Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said the personnel and experts under his command have boosted the destruction power of army missiles.

“Rockets and missiles used by the Army Ground Force have been upgraded in terms of range, power of destruction and precision,” Pourdastan told FNA.

Praising the efforts made by Ground Force exports, the General said that different kinds of simulators for training pilots and snipers have also been produced domestically.

“… we have indigenized and produced armored personnel carriers, electronic warfare equipment, Zolfaqar tanks and sniper weapons with a range of three kilometers,” he added.

In September, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami stressed the country's high missile capability, and stated that Iran can target every enemy base with high precision.

"We can simultaneously fire numerous and countless missiles from different spots at one or several targets, which indicates our capability to perform convergent and parallel operations," Salami said

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