Shahrivar 31 in the Iranian calendar (September 21 this year) is the beginning of the Sacred Defense Week in Iran when Iranians hold a week-long ceremonies, including military parades and putting on display latest achievements of the country’s defense industry, to honor the fallen soldiers and cherish the strength and resistance of the people during the eight years of war which eventually brought to an end through a UN-brokered cease-fire.
This year, Iran canceled a military parade due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On display is the latest in cutting-edge military technology – ranging from cruise missiles and submarines to next-generation drones and battlefield vehicles. The event is held at the Sacred Defense Museum and on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Iraq’s imposed war in the 1980s, Press TV reported.
Iran manufactures warships, combat vehicles, fighter jets, bombs, bullets, and guided missiles.
All that despite sanctions and restrictions imposed by the United States and its allies.
Military officials say Iran is among a handful of countries capable of manufacturing a large portion of their military needs.
The UN’s arms restrictions are to be lifted under Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the nuclear deal Iran signed with major powers in 2015. The US walked out of the deal in 2018 and has unsuccessfully attempted to extend the arms embargo on Iran.
The UN is expected to lift its embargo on Iran in October.
Once that happens, the Iranian military commanders and defense ministry officials say they will prepare the grounds to export Iranian-made conventional arms to international markets.