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Announcing The Fajr-27 Cannon, Iran launches production of dual-purpose cannon


Iran launches production of dual-purpose cannon
The Associated Press

Published: September 27, 2006


TEHRAN, Iran Iran launched production of its most advanced cannon on Wednesday, state television reported.

"The cannon Fajr-27 has the capability of automatically firing 85 76-milimeter bullets per minute," Gen. Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, Iran's defense minister, told the broadcast.

He said the cannon has an aerial range of 7,010 meters (23,000 feet) and a 17-kilometer (10.5-mile) surface range.

Mohammad-Najjar said the gun could swiftly react against any surface or air strikes. Footage showed the minister inspecting the large cannon.

During large-scale military maneuvers in August, Iran test-fired short range surface-to-surface and sub-to-surface missiles, a new air defense system, fighter planes, laser bombs and a 2,000-pound guided bomb.

After decades of relying on foreign weapons purchases, Iran now says it is increasingly self-sufficient in its military equipment, claiming it annually exports more than US$100 million (€81 million) worth of military equipment to more than 50 countries.

Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers and missiles. In 2005, the government said that it had begun producing torpedoes.

TEHRAN, Iran Iran launched production of its most advanced cannon on Wednesday, state television reported.

"The cannon Fajr-27 has the capability of automatically firing 85 76-milimeter bullets per minute," Gen. Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, Iran's defense minister, told the broadcast.

He said the cannon has an aerial range of 7,010 meters (23,000 feet) and a 17-kilometer (10.5-mile) surface range.

Mohammad-Najjar said the gun could swiftly react against any surface or air strikes. Footage showed the minister inspecting the large cannon.

During large-scale military maneuvers in August, Iran test-fired short range surface-to-surface and sub-to-surface missiles, a new air defense system, fighter planes, laser bombs and a 2,000-pound guided bomb.

After decades of relying on foreign weapons purchases, Iran now says it is increasingly self-sufficient in its military equipment, claiming it annually exports more than US$100 million (€81 million) worth of military equipment to more than 50 countries.

Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers and missiles. In 2005, the government said that it had begun producing torpedoes.

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Ayatollah Khamenei: Military might a great objective for Iranian nation

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, stressed that military power is a big objective for Iran. On the eve of the Sacred Defense Week the leader took part in the 4th graduation ceremonies of cadets in Noshahr, north of Iran, where he pointed to Iran’s sublime goals to progress in the scientific, spiritual, economic, and cultural fields. He said experience has shown that a peace-seeking nation that takes steps in line with self-edification, dignity and human ideals should have a defensive might in the face of international invaders and bullying powers. The commander in chief of the armed forces said the brave Iranian nation especially its youth has in the past 27 years not allowed the enemy to carry out any threats against it, but Iran’s armed forces must always be ready for any multilateral confrontation with any threat. He termed Iran’s future promising and pointing to the nation’s awareness and energy and the officials’ high faith and motivation to serve the people emphasized that today Iran’s enemies and friends admit to the country’s national dignity. In this ceremony the missile launching vessel, Joshan, that has been designed and made by Iranian experts with the latest technology, officially joined the Islamic Republic of Iran’s naval forces. The Fajr 27 Cannon, also designed and made by Iranian experts, with remote control and based on the latest international standards was also used for the first time. Iran is the 3rd country that has attained this technology.