[:en]Defence and military news, including stories from neighbouring states and the troubled region which might be important for Iran. This section contains news on the armed forces, the IRGC, intelligence services, and border guards.[:]

Washington Claims Iranian Vessel Has Pointed Weapon at US Chopper

Two US defence officials have claimed that an Iranian vessel has pointed its weapon at a US military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, in what they describe an “unsafe and unprofessional” move.

Leader Urges Iranian Navy’s Stronger Presence in High Seas

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for enhancement of the Iranian naval forces’ presence in international waters and expanding the Navy’s power in balance with the merit of the Islamic Establishment.

IRGC Commander Warns of Soft Threats

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari referred to soft threats as the most dangerous type of perils Iran is facing, saying that military threats have turned into opportunities for the country.

Army Commander: Iran’s Indigenous Vessels Ready for Naval Voyages

Iran’s Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi praised the Navy’s capabilities, saying two homegrown watercraft are ready for naval missions in places as far as the Atlantic Ocean.

Russia Agrees to Iran’s Condition for Purchase of Su-30 Jets: DM

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on Saturday that Moscow has accepted Tehran’s terms on “joint investment and supplying technology” for the purchase of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets.
The file photo shows the Iranian Navy’s Alvand destroyer.

Iran Escorted over 3,800 Ships in Gulf of Aden: Navy chief

Iran’s Navy chief says its forces have escorted 3,844 commercial ships to ensure their safe passage in the Gulf of Aden, where pirates are active.

No Iranian Military Forces in Iraq’s Mosul: IRGC Commander

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) rejected claims that Iran has dispatched its forces to neighboring Iraq to take part in a massive operation to liberate Mosul from Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.

Deputy Army Commander: Iran to Buy New Fighter Jets

Lieutenant Army Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced plans to enhance the capabilities of the country's air force by purchasing new warplanes.

End of ISIS Imminent: Iran’s Army Chief

Iran’s Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi predicted that ISIS will be wiped out in the near future.

Iranian Navy Deploys Warships in Atlantic Ocean

Iranian Navy Commander announced the country's plans to expand naval presence in international waters, and said a flotilla of warships has now been deployed in the Atlantic Ocean.

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