TEHRAN, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Iran marked its National Army Day on Sunday with motorcades parade inside army barracks in numerous cities, as the country struggles to control a surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Army Amir Abdolrahim Mousavi and other high-ranking army commanders attended a ceremony in Tehran, where messages from Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani were read, state TV reported.
In his message, first published on Saturday on the official website of Iran's top leader, Khamenei called on the Iranian military to "increase this preparedness as much as necessary."
Meanwhile, Rouhani in his message stressed the importance of the relationship between the Iranian people and the Iranian army.
On the occasion, the Air Force of Iran's Army unveiled three new domestically-developped missile systems, including the "Damavand," described as a strategic long-range system capable of targetting different types of aircraft, as well as cruise and ballistic missiles, Tasnim news agency reported.
A low-altitude surface-to-air system labeled "Zolfaqar" and another missile system termed "Majid" were also unveiled, as well as an artillery fire-control system called "Khatam," presented as capable of simultaneously operating against various aerial targets at low altitude.
Due to the surge in the COVID-19 epidemic in the country, no infantry parade was held, but instead the Army's capabilities in the fields of domestic unmanned air vehicle and bio-defense were showcased, along with mobile units designed to attend emergencies in full compliance with health protocols.