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Iran celebrates Armed Forces Day
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am1(141).jpgTEHRAN – Iran commemorated National Armed Forces Day on Thursday at a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a number of high-ranking military officials. 
In the ceremony, which took place near the mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, thousands of troops held a military parade in which military vehicles and equipment were also put on display.
Two new domestically manufactured unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), named the Mohajer B and the Hazem 3, were unveiled.  
The aircraft can be used to conduct surveillance, combat, and tactical operations. 
Addressing the military personnel, Ahmadinejad said that a nation should be powerful in order to be able to safeguard its independence and national security, adding that a country’s might should be based on its own capabilities.  
Pointing to pressure being exerted by Western powers on Iran, he said that no nation which had maintained their unity had been defeated by their enemies throughout history.   
“Self-confidence and resistance against the enemies are one of the factors which help boost national might,” he said. 
Military equipment on display 
Advanced military equipment, the Sayyad 40 electronic surveillance system, Mersad 2 and Ya Zahra missile systems, the Sarir UAV, the new generation of the Zolfiqar tank, the Naze’at missile, and advanced radar, electronic warfare, and missile systems went on display in the military parade.
In addition, a number of helicopters and fighter jets made an overflight and airborne forces did parachute jumps. 
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced on the sidelines of the ceremony that Iran would unveil a new domestically manufactured fighter jet and a new cruise missile in the near future.  
The commander of Iran’s Armed Forces, Major General Ataollah Salehi, also told reporters that Iranian armed forces were fully prepared to deal with any military threats. 
On Israeli officials’ recent threatening remarks against the country, he said that Iran did not need to use the potential of all its military forces to deal with possible military attacks by Israel, adding that the Iranian Armed Forces were powerful enough to wreak havoc on Israel. 

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