Why the Revolutionary Guards Will Fail Iran’s Car Industry

Why the Revolutionary Guards Will Fail Iran’s Car manufacturing Industry
Why the Revolutionary Guards Will Fail Iran’s Car Industry

 

 

For more than a decade, Iran’s state media has been highlighting the role the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has played in the country’s automobile manufacturing industry.

 

In the beginning, it was all about the Guards’ purchase of of shares in the Iran-Khodro and Saipa manufacturing companies, but, over the last two yearsthere has been a new angle.

 

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Aerospace Force of the IRGC, held a meeting with the Minister of Industry, Mines, and Trade, during which he officially announced the IRGC’s collaboration with the automotive industry, which he described as a process of “enhancing the quality,” “economizing,” “reducing fuel consumption,” and “localizing the industry.”

 

The meeting came just three days after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei implicitly ordered the collaboration.

 

During a televised speech, he said: “If we can make such big moves in the military with the launch of space satellites, why can’t we produce a car that requires only five liters of gas to travel 100 kilometers? Why should we stop at making vehicles that use 12 liters or 10 liters or eight liters?”

 

So what will happen next, now that the IRGC is officially involved in the country’s automotive industry? Can the approach used in the missile industry work for cars?

 

Could this bolster Iran’s car industry, or could this strategy be cause for concern? Is there something else going on behind the scenes? After reaping the rewards of the construction, oil, gas, roads, and dam construction sectors, is the IRGC positioning itself to take over the car industry? Car manufacturing Industry

 

First it’s worth looking at whether the success of the missile industry can be translated to car manufacturing. For the Islamic Republic’s biggest supporters, this is not a presumption but a final verdict. Car manufacturing Industry

 

For these supporters, the construction and unveiling of various types of military missiles and sending satellites into the Earth’s orbit are signs of the IRGC’s success at a time when almost all of Iran’s industries are in the throes of bankruptcy.

 

But for more neutral observers, this assumption has not yet been proven. That’s because the details of Iran’s missile program are not publicly available. Car manufacturing Industry

 

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