President Hassan Rouhani attends the ceremony to unveil the Owj turbojet in Tehran on Aug. 21.
President Hassan Rouhani attends the ceremony to unveil the Owj turbojet in Tehran on Aug. 21.

Domestically Developed Turbojet Displayed

Domestically Developed Turbojet Displayed

A domestically developed anti-aircraft weapon, Bavar-373, and an Iranian-made turbojet, dubbed Owj, were unveiled in Tehran on Sunday.
The two strategic products, a long-range missile defense system and a jet engine designed and manufactured by Iranian experts were displayed at an exhibition of the Defense Ministry's achievements on the occasion of National Defense Industry Day at Aerospace Industries Organization, Fars News Agency reported.
Other achievements in the aeronautical sphere, including fighter and transport aircraft, helicopters as well as unmanned aerial vehicles were also showcased in the exhibition, in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani.
In an address to attendees, the president said Iran's efforts to boost its military might are meant to deter enemies from attacking Iran and promote regional stability.
"The capabilities of our armed forces are in line with deterrence and effective defense," he said. "Iran deems security of West Asia as its own security and victory over terrorism as its own victory."
Rouhani noted that Iran seeks friendship with neighbors and Muslim states.
"We also assist all countries that resist terrorists and aggressors. Our message to neighbors is that our defense capacities are not to their detriment. We work for Muslims' interests," he said.
Bavar-373, which was successfully test-fired in August 2014 and its model was displayed during a military parade in 2015, is similar to the Russian S-300 and capable of tracing, intercepting and hitting targets at a high altitude.
Iran says its product has superior features over the original Russian model, as it enjoys increased mobility, agility and reduced launch-preparation time.
Iran developed its own version of the S-300 missile shield after the Russians in 2010 refused delivery of their advanced missile defense system to Iran under a 2007 contract, on the pretext of the UN Security Council sanctions.
However, shortly after Iran and major powers reached a framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program in 2015, Russia removed the self-imposed ban and started to fulfill the contract. Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said last week that a large part of the S-300 system has been delivered and the rest will be received within a month.


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