“Ambassador of death?” The Islamic Republic of Iran already has plenty of those. The next question: what did they reverse-engineer (a la Iran’s indigenous fighter jet, appearing in so many ways to be a glorified F-5), or whose short-sighted help did they have in the design process?
“Iran unveils ‘ambassador of death’ bomber,” from MSNBC, August 22:
TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sunday inaugurated the country’s first domestically built long-range unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an “ambassador of death” to Iran’s enemies.
Speaking to a group of officials, Ahmadinejad said, “The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship.”
And death. Can’t forget the death.
The goal of the aircraft is to “keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases,” he said, adding that the jet is for deterrence and defensive purposes.
The president championed the country’s military self-sufficiency program and said it will continue “until the enemies of humanity lose hope of ever attacking the Iranian nation.”
The 4-meter-long unmanned plane, dubbed the Karrar, or striker, in Farsi, was inaugurated on the national day for the country’s defense industry in a ceremony aired live on state TV.
No details were provided on the craft’s capabilities.
In a speech at the unveiling ceremony, Ahmadinejad said Iran should seek the ability to make pre-emptive strikes against a perceived threat, although he said it would never strike first.
Odd to see an unveiling in Iran that doesn’t involve someone getting arrested. Anyway, it’s not as if manufacturing a grievance as casus belli would be difficult for the conspiracy-minded Islamic Republic.