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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Iran and Saudi Arabia are discussing canceling the visa and developing tourism relations

    Saturday, September 30, 2023   No comments

The Iranian government announced today, Saturday, the continuation of Iranian and Saudi efforts to develop tourism relations.

Iranian Deputy Minister

of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Maryam Jalali Dehkerdi, who is currently in Riyadh to participate in World Tourism Day activities, said, “Ideas were exchanged with the Saudi Deputy Minister of Tourism for International Relations and Foreign Tourism, Sultan Al-Musallam, about ways to remove obstacles to the development of... Tourism relations between the two countries, and the cancellation of the visa between the two countries,” according to what the Iranian “ISNA” agency reported.

Jalali invited the Saudi Minister of Tourism to visit Iran.

On September 23, the Iranian President congratulated Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince on the occasion of the Kingdom’s Saudi National Day, in two separate telegrams.

Raisi expressed his hope that “relations will witness further expansion in all fields, in light of the efforts between the two countries.”

It is noteworthy that the Iranian President had confirmed during his meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan, on June 17 that there is no reason to prevent the development of relations with Islamic countries, pointing out the importance of developing relations with Riyadh and that the interest of the two peoples requires dealing between the two countries.

On June 6, Tehran officially opened the Iranian Embassy in Riyadh, the Iranian Consulate General in Jeddah, and the Permanent Representation of Iran to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Last March, Riyadh and Tehran announced their agreement to resume diplomatic relations, after years of estrangement.

Friday, July 28, 2023

Iran's new missile: "Abu Mahdi", the first Iranian long-range cruise missile that uses artificial intelligence

    Friday, July 28, 2023   No comments

The missile was named after Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, who was assassinated by the United States in early 2020, accompanied by Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, on the road to Baghdad airport.

It is a generation of Iranian ground-based cruise missiles such as the "Sumar" and "Hoveizeh", which have a range of 1,350 km. It is also an advanced version of cruise missiles owned by the Iranian Navy, with a range of 15 to 350 kilometers, including "Kawthar", "Zafar", "Qadir", "Raad" and "Naseer".

Production history

In June 2020, the former commander of the Iranian Army Navy, Amir Khanzadi, revealed that his country had produced a long-range naval missile, which he called "Talaiya". But Iran changed its name on August 20 of the same year to "Abu Mahdi," and it was revealed that day during a military parade on the occasion of Iran's Defense Industry Day, in which the Ministry of Defense displayed a model of the missile with the word "paint" engraved on it.

The Ministry of Defense put the missile into service on July 25, 2023, and delivered dozens of winged models of it to the Army and Revolutionary Guard navy in the Gulf waters, in the presence of Defense Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani.

Ashtiani described the "Abu Mahdi" missile as "pointed, strategic and unique in its characteristics, and has no equal in overcoming the enemy's defense systems and completely destroying enemy ships, frigates and destroyers."

Technical Specifications

  • Range: more than a thousand kilometers.
  • Flight: at a low altitude with the help of radar altimeters, which complicates the interception process.
  • Fuel: The fuel of the first engine is solid and the fuel of the second engine (jet) is liquid.
  • Diameter: 55 centimeters.
  • Number of wings: 9 rectangular wings with a circular head, four of which are clipped and fixed in the sacrum, and another 3 are at the end of the missile body, and two are in the middle of the main structure.

Tactical features

The most prominent tactical features mentioned by Iranian military leaders about the "Abi Mahdi" cruise missile were:

  1. The use of artificial intelligence in the flight path design, command and control program.
  2. Using the dual radar seeker technology to counter electronic warfare and stealth when approaching the target.
  3. The use of explosives with high destructive power in the warhead.
  4. The use of integrated and advanced navigation systems makes finding the launchers a difficult task for the enemy before launching the missile.
  5. The ability to choose different ways to fly towards the target and attack it from different directions after turning around.
  6. It is equipped with a "Tulu" jet engine, which has proven its usefulness in Karrar drones and cruise missiles of the "Nour", "Qader" and "Qadir" generation.
  7. Equipped with a radar active homing head.
  8. Overcoming enemy radars and passing through other natural and artificial obstacles.
  9. Launching from all fixed and mobile platforms from the coast, and by submarines and naval battleships.
  10. Preparation and launch in a very short time, maximum operating speed and quick reaction.
  11. Several missiles can be launched from different directions towards a target and hit it simultaneously.
  12. Capable of updating target final position in flight and managing target selection in the field.
  13. The ability to change course and flight altitude according to the complexities of geography and enemy air systems.
  14. High controllability.
  15. The possibility of increasing the missile's range to distances of more than 1,000 km.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Tamim bin Hamad in Tehran: Foreign intervention in West Asia is rejected

    Thursday, May 12, 2022   No comments

 The Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, discussed today with the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, bilateral relations and regional and international issues.

A statement by the Qatari Emiri Diwan said that during the meeting, they reviewed the existing friendly relations between the two countries and discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Earlier today, the Emir of Qatar and Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi discussed bilateral relations in the fields of politics, economy and trade, and enhancing prospects for cooperation in the tourism, investment, transport and communications sectors.

In a press conference between Raisi and the Emir of Qatar, the former expressed his rejection of any form of foreign presence in the West Asian region, especially by Western powers.

"Such foreign presence does not bring security to the region, but on the contrary undermines it," he said, noting that "the leaders, officials and governments of the countries in the region should realize that any interference by foreign countries and representatives of the West harms regional security."

Regarding the Yemen file, Raisi said: "We affirm that the siege of Yemen must end and Yemenis must be given the opportunity to decide the fate of their country on their own."

According to Raisi, the situation in Afghanistan was also discussed with the Emir of Qatar, noting “the need for an inclusive government there, representing all ethnic groups and political movements, in order to ensure sustainable security in this country.”

According to the Iranian president, the visit of the Emir of Qatar will be a turning point in the relations between the two countries and will play an important role in developing regional and international cooperation.

For his part, the Emir of Qatar stressed that "the current problems in the region must be resolved through constructive dialogue," announcing the simplification of visa procedures for Iranian viewers interested in attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Iranian president visited Doha last February, in light of the historical relations between the two countries, in contrast to Tehran's "strained" relations with some Gulf capitals.

At that time, the two countries signed 14 cooperation documents in the fields of aviation, trade, maritime, media, foreign policy, energy, metrology, culture and education.


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