Iran Plans to Launch Multiple Satellites by March: Defense Minister

Iran Plans to Launch Multiple Satellites by March: Defense Minister

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani on Tuesday announced the country’s plans to launch at least two domestically-produced satellites into orbit by March 19, 2024

Ashtiani highlighted the collaborative efforts of relevant organizations in the development of satellites and satellite carriers, including the Simorgh (Phoenix).

“We are involved in the development and launch of satellites. Under our plan, we will have 2 to 3 satellite launches this year, something we hope to be successful,” said Ashtiani.

Despite enduring sanctions imposed by Western countries in recent years, Iran has made significant strides in its civilian space program, positioning itself among the top 10 nations worldwide with the capacity for satellite development and launch.

In his remarks, the Iranian defense minister also unveiled the Mohajer-10, an advanced indigenous drone boasting an operational range of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) and the capability to remain airborne for up to 24 hours. Ashtiani praised this achievement as a result of extensive efforts, further hinting at even more impressive capabilities to be revealed in the future.

“The world is wondering how Iran can attain such achievements at the current pace. Right now, we have other items with capabilities beyond those of the Mohajer-10 drone. These accomplishments will be presented gradually,” he added, according to Press TV.

Ashtiani also expressed the Defense Ministry’s willingness to enter the automotive industry if requested, noting, “There are considerations and instructions in this regard that should be written, but anyway, the Defense Ministry stands ready to enter the car industry as well.”

Iran’s automotive sector, the nation’s largest industry outside of oil and gas, has encountered challenges in recent years due to unlawful sanctions, resulting in significant losses for car manufacturers, scarcity of vehicles, and elevated prices.

Source: Tasnim News