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11:33 AM, February 9, 2016

Iranian Air Force has received air-launched version of the home grown cruise missile, ‘Nasr’.

“One of the main priorities are plans to design, optimize and upgrade the systems and equipment that the Air Force requiews for aerial battles,” Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi, General Dehqan was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency Tuesday.

Dehqan said the air-launched version of Nasr can be mounted on different types of fighter jets.

Nasr had been originally designed and manufactured as an anti-ship cruise missile, but the country's experts managed to modify it to be employed for aerial missions.

The minister had also unveiled plans to install the air-launched cruise missile on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Iran unveiled the air-launched version of Qader (Capable) and Nasr cruise missiles in September 2013. They are capable of hitting targets within a range of 200 km and 35 km, respectively.

The main features of the missiles include quick preparation capability, usefulness in low-altitude flights, high precision in hitting targets, particularly naval vessels, great destructive power and high resistance to radio disruption tactics.

In recent years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to the regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

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