Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami has revealed that one of the main objectives of his country’s domestic military industry is to increase the effective range of air-launched cruise missiles. At the moment, most of Iran’s missiles have a range slightly above 1,000 kilometers, with ground-launched cruise missiles having an effective range of up to 1,400 kilometers. However, their air-based missiles have underperformed so far, hitting targets less than 1,000 kilometers away.
The Islamic Republic now aims to extend its range by boosting the engine output capacity and placing air-launched cruise missiles on par with other types. At the same time, Iran does not seek to increase the range of any of its cruise missiles, air-, ground- or sea-launched, beyond 2,000 kilometers, as the country has no need for very long-range weapons, the minister said.
Hatami lauded Iran’s defense industry as being well-developed and capable of handling the planned missile modernization. He noted that domestic military companies currently satisfy 90% of Iran’s defense needs, but admitted that after the UN lifts the embargo against Iran on conventional weapons sales, the Islamic Republic could start working with foreign countries to procure and sell weapons.