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Iran’s model for developing a regional military-industrial complex

In the past few weeks Iran has unveiled a new missile defence system, a turbojet engine and a fast patrol boat, underlining how the Islamic Republic has been able to build up its military industry through the years of sanctions. The equipment may not be at the cutting edge, but it is still far ahead of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC). Fearful of the future for its own Western supply lines (see Defence and security), Riyadh has ambitions to create its own domestic industry.

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