A photograph published earlier today showing a number of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders and journalists standing in front of an indigenous ballistic missile has been sarcastically compared with a recent photo of a number of Iranian officials jubilantly standing in front of an airplane made by the French giant plane-maker Airbus displayed in Tehran.
The IRGC on Wednesday test-fired a couple of homegrown ballistic missiles, named Qadr-F and Qadr-H, according to a report by the Tasnim News Agency, translated by Iran Front Page (IFP).
IRGC Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami and IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh along with a number of journalist and photographers posed for a group photo in front of the missile.
Before the launch of the missile, the participants joked that some people stood before the French Airbus and took pictures, “but we take photos with our own indigenous and Iranian-made products, which give honor to Iranian nationals.”
The remarks were made in reference to a photo of a large group of Iranian officials and journalists who recently posed for a photo with a brand new Airbus A350 wide-body passenger jet in Tehran.
The airliner had made a symbolic first landing in Iran nearly a month after the manufacturer signed a deal with Tehran to deliver 118 new aircraft.
During the stay, an Iranian delegate boarded and toured the plane, and took photographs with it.
As part of an effort to revamp its aging fleet, Iran has signed deals with the European manufacturer to purchase 118 Airbus planes, including 16 Airbus A350 XWBs.
In January, the UN, the EU and the US sanctions were lifted from Iran following Tehran’s implementation of its obligations under the nuclear deal signed with six world powers to ensure the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.