Dec 14, 2021 06:18 UTC
  • Army’s Air Force cmdr.: Iran will give crushing response to any aggression

The commander of the Iranian Army’s Air Force says the Islamic Republic will never initiate a war with any country, but always stands ready to give a crushing response to any act of aggression.

Brigadier General Hamid Vahedi made the remarks while addressing in an event attended by commanders and instructors at Shahid Sattari Aeronautical University on Monday, ISNA reported.

“We in the Air Force will spare no effort to upgrade our combat capability and readiness to give a smart response to any type of aerial threat,” the commander said.

Underlining that Iran seeks no war with any country, Brigadier General Vahedi said, “Our doctrine is defensive and we do not intend to invade any country, but … we will stand against any act of aggression with full power,” which will make enemies regret their act, and “will give a crushing response to enemies" of the Islamic Republic.

Pointing to the Iranian Army’s drone power, the senior Iranian commander said unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) represent an advanced, accessible, and affordable technology with a variety of applications.

“This technology has become an important component of asymmetric warfare, and with Grace of God, we have made significant progress in the field of UAVs,” Brigadier General Vahedi noted.

His remarks came a few days after a US House panel approved a bill to restrict the proliferation of Iran's military drone in the midst of negotiations over the removal of anti-Tehran sanctions in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee announced on Friday the passage of the Stop Iranian Drones Act (SIDA), which would impose a ban on the supply, sale or transfer of military drones to or from Iran under US law, by its members.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in developing and manufacturing a broad range of military equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard. Iran’s military drone capabilities have proved to be purely defensive in the face of aggressive moves by the United States and its regional allies, which have been fomenting chaos and tensions in West Asia and elsewhere.