Iran claims to have built a 2,000-pound guided bomb “within the framework of enhancing our defense capabilities and in accordance with our deterrent principles,” according to Agence France-Presse news service. AFP picked up the quote by Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Majjar from the Iranian news service. And, according to the Associated Press, Iranian-TV claims that Iran has produced its first domestic-built fighter aircraft. Called “Saegheh,” the aircraft reportedly is similar to the US F-18 fighter, but “more powerful,” reports AP. The unveiling came during Iran’s recent war game maneuvers.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.