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23 Ağustos 2010 Pazartesi

Iran Test-Fires New Surface-to-Surface Missile

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Friday that the country has test-fired its latest surface-to-surface missile which enjoys unique features.

Iran's new surface to surface missile, Qiam 1 (Rising), has been successfully test-fired, Vahidi said, addressing a congregation of people on Tehran University campus on Friday.

"Being a new class of Iranian missiles, Qiam 1 has been equipped with new technical specifications and exceptional tactical powers," Vahidi noted.

"Qiam 1 is part of the new generation of the Islamic Republic's surface to surface missiles with liquid fuel and completely designed and built domestically," the Iranian minister stated.

He explained that the missile is equipped with a smart navigation system, which decreases the possibility of it being targeted by other projectiles.

Vahidi added that the liquid-fuel missile's launch time is low due to its smart targeting system.

"It enjoys enhanced agility due to the scrapping of its fins," Vahidi stressed, adding that the missile can hit targets with high precision.

Iran has been pushing an arms development program in recent years in a bid to reach self-sufficiency. Tehran launched its arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own jet fighters and armored vehicles as well as radar-avoiding missiles and other high-tech weapons.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

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