The ceremony, held annually on April 17 or 18, is attended by top military brass from across the country.
High ranking commanders from the Iranian Armed Forces, including Army, Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), Police Force, the Basij (volunteers), Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics, Joint Staff Command of the Islamic Republic of Iran were all at the ceremony.
The chiefs of the Iranian Army, Air Force, and Navy were also in attendance at the parade held in the country’s capital, Tehran.
Iran put on a show of military might
President Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech at the event, saying: “Our Armed Forces will not be a threat to others.
“We move in the direction of avoiding confrontations and tensions; however, we should always maintain our alertness against conspiracies by others and should enhance our deterrent power day by day.”
Units from the the Iranian Army, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Basij (volunteer forces), and Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defence Force (IRIADF) all take part in the spectacle designed to show off its military capabilities.
Iran showed off its military might
On show was the latest weapons and military gear from the country, which has ruffled feathers around the world with its repeated attempts to pursue a nuclear programme.
Despite the setback to its nuclear ambitions following the Iran nuclear deal it struck lat year with the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany – which Tehran claims are for peaceful purposes only – Iran flaunted its impressive hardware.
The military parade saw units from all arms of the military show off missiles, tanks, armoured vehicles, weaponry, drones, fighter jets and air defence systems.
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The event marks the 38th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, which came ten days after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's return from his exile in Paris to Iran, toppling the monarchy system and forming the Islamic republic.
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A banner on one missile carrier read: “Death to Israel.”
The Iranian government-linked news agenct Tasnim wrote: “Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headway in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.
“Iran maintains that its military might poses no threat to the regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defence doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.”
Iran puts its missiles on display
The military parade follows on just a few days after North Korea held a massive parade on Saturday held in the capital Pyongyang attended by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un.
The event, the Day of the Sun, marked the the 105th anniversary of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung’s birth.
Tens of thousands descended on the streets of the capital as the nation marks the 1912 birth of Kim Il Sung, grandfather of Kim Jong-un.
Iran showed off its military hardwarew
Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan will visit Moscow on April 25-26 to take part in a security conference.
It is also planned that he will me his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.