Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami announced on Sunday that the country plans to unveil a new warplane on coming days, adding that the home-made version of the sophisticated Russian S-300 missile defense system, dubbed as Bavar (Belief) 373, will also go into operation soon.
He added that a new fighter jet "will fly on National Defence Industry Day", which falls on Wednesday.
"Our focus was on priorities; our top priority is the missile issue, and we have a good situation in this domain and we needed to upgrade it", he noted. "We are in a good position in this field, but we need to develop it", in an interview on television late Saturday, according to Tasnim.
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"We have learnt in the (Iran-Iraq) war that we can not rely on anyone but ourselves".
"Our resources are limited and we are committed to establishing security at a minimum cost".
Iran unveiled in 2013 what it said was a new, domestically built fighter jet, called Qaher 313, but some experts expressed doubts about the viability of the aircraft at the time.
"We promote our missiles based on threats and for deterrent purposes", the defense chief remarked.
The defence minister dismissed the idea of an "Arab Nato" - an old concept that has recently resurfaced as Washington tries to push regional countries to accept a greater share of their defence.
"Arab Nato is part of the game of creating discord by the enemy and it's not worth paying attention to", said Hatami.
It is highly unlikely that the Americans and especially the Zionist regime will dare to allow such an alliance between the Muslim countries as they know that Muslim nations have a clear objective and view Israel as the real enemy of the region.
It has been forced to rely on aging USA strike aircraft acquired before relations broke with the 1979 Iranian revolution.
Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said the defense system would be installed on Iranian warships "that carry out missions in deep and distant waters".
Almost a third of all global naval oil shipments pass through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway located between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Iran's air force's efforts to build the homespun stealth fighter jet have been hampered by worldwide sanctions and embargoes.