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IRGC to keep boosting missile, drone power: Top Iranian commander

A top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the elite force is making efforts to continually strengthen the Islamic Republic of Iran’s missile and drone power.

Addressing an annual conference of high-profile IRGC military commanders and officials in the Iranian capital city of Tehran on Saturday, Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division, said the IRGC is constantly boosting its drone and missile power.

“There was a time when the enemy was in the offensive position, and we were concerned about defense. Today, we are in the offensive mode, and our enemies are looking to improve their defense systems,” Hajizadeh said.

He further said that superpowers with whom we could not interact even through third parties are now reaching out to Iran to purchase advanced defense gear.

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“Western countries, led by the United States and its allies, are acting like the blades of a pair of scissors and seeking to inflict damage on Iran’s economy,” Hajizadeh noted, stressing the need for resolution of economic issues.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he described the IRGC as a guarantor of Iran’s Islamic establishment that neutralizes the enemies’ conspiracies.

Iranian military experts and engineers have in recent years made remarkable breakthroughs in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient.

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Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has repeatedly called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities.

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