A senior Iranian commander confirmed that his country transferred advanced weapon systems to the Hezbollah terror organization.
Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), commented on this issue recently, saying that Iran’s capabilities in manufacturing military equipment have reached such a point that the country now exports the expertise it had accumulated to neighboring countries.
“By exporting missile manufacturing technology, along with other military equipment, Iran is helping countries such as Syria, Iraq and Palestine – as well as Lebanon’s Hezbollah – to stand up to the Zionist regime, ISIS (Islamic State) and other Takfiri groups,” the Iranian commander said. This is according to Iran’s Press TV.
Hajizadeh said the IRGC’s Aerospace Division can now mass-produce different types of short and medium range missiles. In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing key military hardware and systems.
It is widely reported Iran has been aided in its endeavors, both financially and technically, by Russia, North Korea and even China.
This, in addition to French, Italian and German companies who have in the past been assisting Iran in various military development projects. Most of these project date prior to the sanctions imposed by the West due to Iran’s nuclear program. Nevertheless, the technical expertise transferred to Iran remained in Iran.
Iran has so far designed and manufactured different domestically developed missiles, including Khalij-e-Fars (Persian Gulf), Mehrab (Altar), Ra’d (Thunder), Qader (Mighty), Nour (Light) and Zafar (Triumph).
Iran has repeatedly said that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence, and that Islam forbids the use of unconventional warfare. This has not stopped Iran in the past, for example during the Iran-Iraq war, from resorting to chemical and biological warfare.