An Iranian military truck carries a missile during a parade on the occasion of the annual Army Day on April 18, 2018, in the Iranian capital Tehran. (AFP photo)
TEHRAN, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Defense Ministry on Monday launched the mass production of an indigenous air-to-air missile, official IRNA news agency reported.
The mass production of missile Fakour, which can be mounted on all types of fighter jets, was inaugurated by Iran's Defense Minister Amir Hatami.
"Many countries just import the technology but cannot improve it to make new version of the missile according to their needs. However, Iran, as a missile producer, has the ability to do so," Hatami was quoted as saying in the opening ceremony.
The enemies imagine that they can deprive Iran of its interests and resources, but ignorant of the fact that Iran will resist any bully and sanction with all its power, he said.
Any threat against the country will receive a proportional response, Hatami warned.
According to the minister, radar-based Fakour is a state-of-the-art medium-range missile which can fight off various types of intruding jets, Tasnim news agency reported.
The new missile production by Iran comes after the U.S. calls to contain the country's missile developments.