The Chief-Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said on Tuesday, June 9, that the IRGC will transfer its research experiences to the automotive industry.
In January 2018, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khmenei had ordered the IRGC to reduce its role in the country’s economy. Similar pronouncements were also made in 2019.
The IRGC has a sprawling economic empire in Iran, controlling or having a stake in more than half of all businesses by some accounts.
At the end of the meeting with the caretaker of the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade (MIMT) and managing directors of the local automotive industry on Tuesday, Hajizadeh maintained that the IRGC’s aim is to transfer its knowhow and experience in research activities to Iran’s auto-making industry.
The caretaker of MIMT, Hossein Modarres Khiabani, for his part said at the end of the meeting that the IRGC’s automotive industry-related technology and facilities in the field of missiles would be used in the local auto manufacturing.
While referring to the Islamic Republic Supreme Leader’s (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) recent comments on defense and auto-making industries, Hajizadeh insisted that such remarks make the IRGC duty-bound to act.
On May 6, Ayatollah Khamenei had stated, “The mind and thought that can produce a satellite” can also produce a “vehicle using five liters (about 1.3 US gallons) of gasoline per hundred kilometers (approximately 62 miles).”
Iran’s auto industry, already suffering from outdated technology, mismanagement and corruption, has been crippled by U.S. sanctions that have stopped collaboration with French and other automakers. The car makers owe government banks billion of dollars.
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