The supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced the general policies of the Sixth Development Plan to the Iranian president on June 30. All the major policies of the country are managed according to these development plans, which are published every five years. In the Sixth Plan, the section about strengthening Iran’s defense and security stands out as noteworthy.

In this section, Khamenei ordered the administration and the armed forces to:

  • Allocate at least 5% of the public budget to defense, in order to increase the defense abilities of the country within the regional balance of power to ensure Iran’s national interests and national security.
  • Upgrade the defense capabilities of the country by expanding its missile technology, expanding weapons production capacity and producing defense equipment against all forms of external threats. […]