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Iran announces new fighter jet

By AFP 19/8/2018
Iranians walk past a fighter jet at the Holy Defence Museum in Tehran. Photo: Atta Kenare / AFP
Iranians walk past a fighter jet at the Holy Defence Museum in Tehran. Photo: Atta Kenare / AFP
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran will unveil this week a new jet fighter and upgrade its missile defences to meet threats from Israel and the US, Tasnim news agency said Sunday quoting the defence minister.

“Our first priority is our missile capability and we must enhance it... given the enemy’s efforts in missile defence,” said Amir Hatami in an interview on television late Saturday, according to Tasnim.

He added that a new fighter jet “will fly on National Defence Industry Day”, which falls on Wednesday.

Hatami said the defence programme was motivated by memories of the missile attacks Iran suffered during its eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, and by repeated threats from Israel and the United States that “all options are on the table” in dealing with the Islamic republic.

“We have learned in the (Iran-Iraq) war that we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves. We saw that wherever we are not capable, no one will have mercy on us,” he said.

“Our resources are limited and we are committed to establishing security at a minimum cost.

“We upgrade our missiles according to our enemies’ threats and actions, as a deterrent and to give a crushing response to the enemy,” he added.

Hatami added that regional rival Saudi Arabia “has the largest military budget in the world after America and China... while our defence budget is limited”.

“What would any nation with such a situation and past do in our place?” he said.

The defence minister dismissed the idea of an “Arab NATO” – an old concept that has recently resurfaced as Washington tries to push regional countries to accept a greater share of their defence.

“Arab NATO is part of the game of creating discord by the enemy and it’s not worth paying attention to,” said Hatami.

“It is unlikely that America and the Zionist regime (Israel) allow Muslim countries to come together. They know well that the aim of Muslim nations is to destroy the Zionist regime and defend Palestine,” he added.

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SAM | 19/8/2018
They relying they are not begging they get no help thats why they learn to develop themselves. But the KRG asks even for the smallest issue for help its esier for them they learn just to rely and will never be indipendent. When America ist not there for just few minutes Peshmerga flee economy colapse no projects. Even African leaders understand and said the help and money they get is bad because Africans dont learn to develop themselves while Kurdish leaders still dont learn and beg for help because its so much easier for them until the helping hand leaves one day then I want see KDP and PUK what will they do.
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 19/8/2018
Regarding "Arab NATO" - http://www.meforum.org/441/why-arabs-lose-wars ... It's cultural. Jordan was an exception (until recent times, though it's still good below battalion level.)
Hama | 20/8/2018
Lol Iran it's own planes. Iran has no airforce. Everybody knows this. It's impossible for Iran to develop planes. The tecknology is way too advanced for them and they have no access to supplies. This is why it will be so easy for any country with will to defeat Iran in a direct millitary confrontation. Iran can't even create regular planes to replace their commercial fleet that crashes every month, yet alone create fighter jets. Wat they show is only propaganda like the supermarkets in North Korea or the old USSR 2D-buildings at the Berlin wall.
Zero | 20/8/2018
Bullshit talk the fighter jets will come from the us over turkey over Qatar and so on. This war rhetoric is an elite roleplay for the people. Reason is they don do their work at all. Like a familyfather that has to take care for his children but prefer to go gambling or playing war games and chasing women. This will go forever until something happens
Hishyar Zaxoy | 20/8/2018
KRG also manufactures its own planes, thanks to kak Nariman of Erbil

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