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Iran test-fires new surface-to-surface missile

08-26-2010 09:07 BJT

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Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says Iran has successfully test-fired a short-range, surface-to-surface missile - the newer version of the homemade Fateh-110.

The Iranian Defense Minister didn't specify the time and location of the latest missile test. But state television footage shows the target was hit.

The new generation of the missile is completely engineered by Iranian experts. It's nine meters long and weighs 3,500 kilograms.

The missile has a 250-kilometer range, improved precision in targeting, and a quicker launch time.

Earlier versions of the Fateh-110 could strike targets less than 200 kilometers away.

Ahmad Vahidi, Iranian Defence Minister, said, "This missile is a solid-fueled missile, which - compared to previous generations - has an increased range. Growing accuracy, better preparatory system and a higher speed launch are other characteristics which have added to Iran's missile capability."

The upgraded version of Fateh-110 will be handed over to Iran's armed forces next month.

Tehran has recently made a number of announcements about new advances in its military technology.

Last Sunday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled an unmanned drone bomber, with a long flight range of 1,000 kilometers.

And on Monday, Iran opened the production lines of two home-made, high-speed assault boats.

Iran has reiterated that its military capability enhancements are for defensive purposes.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV

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