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News number: 8810201301

15:54 | 2010-01-10

Defence

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DM: Iran's Missile Power Beyond Enemies' Imagination

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi hailed Iran's missile power, saying that the country's missile capability is way beyond the boundaries of enemies' imagination.



"The deterrent power of the Islamic Republic of Iran's missiles goes beyond the enemies' imagination," Vahidi said, visiting a missile command center of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Navy on Sunday.

He also warned against the enemies' attempts to launch propaganda and psychological war against Iran.

"Despite the negative ploy and poisoned propaganda launched by the enemies, the deterrent power of the Islamic Republic of Iran in different aspects, including its missile equipments, serves as a means of attaining national and regional security and blinding the greedy eyes of the aggressors and repelling the possible aggression of the sworn enemies of the Islamic Republic," the minister reiterated.

Iran has attained rapid growth of technology in building missiles in recent years and has, thus, been conducting frequent exercises to test-fire its latest products in the field.

In a recent case, the IRGC Air Force staged two days of missile wargames in September during which different types of ground-to-ground, mid- and long-range missiles, including hi-tech long-range Sejjil missiles, optimized long range Shahab-3 missiles, were tested successfully.

The liquid-fuel Shahab class missiles include a wide range of missiles, including the well-known Shahab-3 which has a range of up to 1,250 miles (2000 kilometers) and is capable of carrying a 1,000-760 kilogram warhead.

The optimized Shahab-3 is more precise than the previous models and Iran has promoted its Navigation Systems.

Iran successfully tested the second generation of Sejjil missiles and brought it into mass production in 2009.

The solid-fuel, two-stage Sejjil missile with two engines, is capable of reaching a very high altitude and therefore has a longer range than that of the Shahab 3 model.