The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force revealed plans to launch a new domestic satellite launcher in the current Iranian year.
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh addressed reporters in Tehran on Sunday about the IRGC’s progress in the drone and satellite industry.
Regarding the (light) Noor satellite, which was launched into an orbit 500 kilometers above the Earth, the commander said that the IRGC Aerospace Forces will achieve another success as they launch the new satellite carrier “Qaem”. in the current Iranian year (ending in March 2023).
Referring to plans to boost Iran’s power in the drone and missile defense sectors, the general said the US has claimed that the aerospace, drone and missile industries outweigh nuclear power.
General Hajizadeh also commended Iranian military experts for developing innovative products such as drone-based surface-to-air missiles for air defense purposes.
In March, the IRGC Aerospace Force launched its second home-built military satellite, designated Noor-II (light-II). The homemade satellite was launched using a three-stage satellite launcher called Qassed.
The IRGC launched the first Iranian military satellite, Noor-I, in April 2020.