TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Defense Ministry'sAerospace Industries Organization announced on Sunday that it is working on "the fourth wave of defense industries' products" to manufacture a new generation of missiles, adding that it also plans to build a new space launch center and more powerful satellite carriers.
"In the present decade that attention is mainly paid to the establishment of the fourth wave of defense industries to manufacture pioneering, innovative products, the AIO has focused its attention on designing innovative space and missile systems and increasing the number of innovative products," the AIO said in a statement released on Sunday to mark the 34th anniversary of the US embassy takeover in Tehran back in 1979. The statement further pointed out that the AIO products in various space sectors, including "the designing and establishment of space launch centers and various types of satellite carriers as well as its products in the defense sector, specially its surface-to-surface, anti-armor, anti-air, air-based and naval cruise missiles have all empowered the Islamic Republic armed forces to enjoy an increasing defense and deterrence power". Elaborating on its goals and objectives in developing a fourth generation of defense technology, the AIO said it aims to acquire increased precision, durability, radar-evading and tactical capabilities as well as improved efficiency by developing fourth generation products. It further pointed to its advancements in various areas of space technology, including manufacture of various types of satellite carriers and launching satellites and sending living creatures to the space as just a few of its achievements in this regard. The AIO said it now plans to increase investment on hi-tech and modern sciences to provide the needed infrastructures for manufacturing modern and innovative aerospace products with complex systems in the shortest time possible. "At present this organization has plans to design and construct new space launch centers and more powerful satellite carriers," the AIO statement said, adding that it would release some good news to the public in the same regard in the near future. The Islamic Republic, which first put a satellite into orbit in 2009, has outlined an ambitious space program and has, thus far, made giant progress in the field despite western sanctions and pressures against its advancement. Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in 2010 that Iran plans to send astronauts into space in 2024. But, later he said that the issue had gone under a second study at a cabinet meeting and that the cabinet had decided to implement the plan in 2019, five years earlier than the date envisaged in the original plan. Early in September, a senior advisor to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced that Tehran is preparing to orbit a new home-made satellite, called Tadbir, in the near future. "As stated by Fazeli, the first satellite to be launched in the new government is called Tadbir," Presidential Advisor and the new ISA Chief Akbar Torkan said. Earlier this year, Chancellor of Iran'sSharif University of Technology Reza Rousta Azad announced that Iran would launch into orbit a new home-made satellite, called 'Sharif Sat', by the end of summer. "We are through with building Sharif Sat and the satellite is waiting for launch," Rousta Azad told FNA in June. Reminding that several more satellites are waiting for launch, he expressed the hope that Iran could send Sharif Sat into orbit in the first half of the current Iranian year (which started on March 21). Rousta Azad said that Sharif Sat would orbit at a distance around 500 kilometers from the Earth, adding that the satellite would be launched on the back of home-made 'Safir B1' (Ambassador B1) carrier. Earlier this year, Fazeli announced that the country would send 6 new home-made satellites, mostly made by Iranian universities, to the space in the current Iranian year. "Based on the foreseen timeline, Fajr, Sharif Sat, Tolou, Zafar, and A-Test will be sent to the space by the end of the current year," Fazeli told reporters in Tehran. He said that Mesbah is also among the satellites to be sent into orbit this year. Â Â Â