Iran, which is a country classified ‘rogue’ by Unites States of America, United Kingdom and Israel and under United Nations economic sanction, did what it necessary to remain relevant as a sovereign nation. This means that they have developed indigenous weapons based on borrowed and available technology.
Iran unveils latest indigenous helicopter Toufan 2
Wed Jan 2, 2013 8:59AM GMTIran has unveiled its latest combat helicopter Toufan 2 (Storm 2) during a ceremony attended by the country’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.
Speaking during the ceremony on Wednesday, Vahidi said the chopper belongs to a new generation of combat helicopters and enjoys modern and advanced technologies, including high-precision targeting capability.
He noted that Toufan 2 employs Iran’s latest indigenous achievements in electronics, optics, laser and armament capabilities.
The Iranian minister hailed Toufan 2 as a symbol of creativity and self-sufficiency in the face of the enemies’ sanctions.
Vahidi stated that the aircraft will dramatically boost the combat power of the Iranian armed forces once its mass production begins.
Developed by the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), Toufan 2 was unveiled on the sixth and final day of naval exercises spanning the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean.
Iran also unveiled its first domestically manufactured helicopters during the inauguration ceremony of the Sixth International Aviation Industry Exhibition on December 12, 2012.
Panha 1 and Panha 2 helicopters are designed to conduct military operations and logistic missions, and can carry 14 and 8 passengers respectively.
The Shahriar, a completely overhauled medium-lift, twin-engine helicopter with a capacity of 20 passengers, was also displayed during the 2012 ceremony on Iran’s southern Kish Island.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in essential military equipment and systems.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly made it clear that its military might is merely based on the nation’s defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.
It is a carbon copy of Bell Huey Cobra attack helicopter, now in the employment of United States Marines Corp.
This is survival technology. Ever since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Iran has been isolated from the world arms market. Especially during the Iran-Iraq War 1980-88 where the West sided with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
After the Islamic revolution, Iran found itself severely isolated and lacking technological expertise. Because of economic sanctions and a weapons embargo put on Iran by the Unites States, it was forced to rely on its domestic arms industry for weapons and spare parts, since there were very few countries willing to do business with Iran.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards were put in charge of creating what is today known as the Iranian military industry. Under their command, Iran’s military industry was enormously expanded, and with the Ministry of Defense pouring investment into the missile industry, Iran soon accumulated a vast arsenal of missiles.] Since 1992, it also has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, radar systems, guided missiles, submarines, military vessels and fighter planes.
In recent years, official announcements have highlighted the development of weapons such as the Fajr-3 (MIRV), Hoot, Kowsar, Fateh-110, Shahab-3 missile systems and a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles, at least one of which Israel claims has been used to spy on its territory. In 2006, an Iranian UAV acquired and allegedly tracked the American aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan for 25 minutes without being detected, before returning safely to its base.
On November 2, 2012, Iran’s Brigadier General Hassan Seifi reported that the Iranian Army had achieved self-suffiency in producing military equipment, and that the abilities of Iranian scientists have enabled the country to make significant progress in this field. He was quoted saying, “Unlike Western countries which hide their new weapons and munitions from all, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army is not afraid of displaying its latest military achievements and all countries must become aware of Iran’s progress in producing weaponry.