19 Apr 2009

Annual military parade in Iran

11:01 am on 19 April 2009

Iran has marked its armed forces day with a parade outside Tehran.

Troops marched before President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who stood at a podium with army officers.

Missiles, armoured personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft were part of the parade on Saturday.

State television said the surface-to-surface Zelzal missile was also displayed.

In a relatively low-key speech, President Ahmadinejad said a strong Iranian military would help preserve stability in the Middle East.