Iran unveils new missile, other weapons

2012-08-21 17:18

Dubai - Iran unveiled upgrades to six weapons on Tuesday, including a more accurate short-range missile and a more powerful naval engine, Iranian media reported, in what seemed to be its latest response to international pressure over its nuclear programme.

The hardware was presented at a ceremony marking Defence Industry Day and attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi.

Israel has said it is considering air strikes on Iran's nuclear sites if the Islamic Republic does not resolve Western fears it is developing the means to produce atomic weapons, something the Islamic Republic denies.

Iran says it could hit Israel and US bases in the region if it comes under attack.

It has also threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, the neck of the Gulf through which 40% of the world's sea-borne oil exports pass. Such a move would probably invite a military response from the United States.

Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran's military advances are purely for defensive purposes and should not be taken as a threat, but said they would dissuade world powers from imposing their will on Iran.

Military action not ruled out

"Defensive advances are meant to defend human integrity, and are not meant to be offensive moves toward others," Ahmadinejad said, according to Mehr news agency.

"I have no doubt that our defensive capabilities can stand up to bullying and put a halt to their plans."

The United States has also not ruled out military action against Iran but says the priority of world powers remains the use of diplomacy and sanctions to rein in its nuclear activity.

Among the upgrades was a fourth generation of the Fateh-110 missile, which boasts a range of about 300km.

Iran said earlier this month that it had successfully test-fired the new model and that it was equipped with a more accurate guidance system.

"This missile is one of the most precise and advanced land-to-land ballistic missiles using solid fuel," Vahidi was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. "In the last decade it has had a significant role in promoting the Islamic Republic of Iran's defence capabilities."

In July, Iran said it had successfully test-fired medium-range missiles capable of hitting Israel, and tested dozens of missiles aimed at simulated air bases.

Claims of exaggeration

It also presented a more powerful, 5 000-horsepower sea-borne engine, the Bonyan-4, Fars quoted Vahidi as saying. A previous version had 1 000 horsepower, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) said.

Military experts have cast doubt on Iran's claims of weapons advances, especially its assertions about its missile programme, saying Tehran often exaggerates its capabilities.

"The Fateh-110 has a crude guidance and control system that operates during the missile's ascent" rather than during final descent, said Michael Elleman, senior fellow for missile defence at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

"The Fateh-110 appears to lack the subsystems needed to effect terminal steering," he said in an e-mail.

Iran also presented Armita, an "airborne laboratory" to help test aircraft launch systems and oxygen generation and train fighter pilots, Fars reported.

Vahidi said it was named after the daughter of Dariush Rezaeinejad, an Iranian scientist who was shot dead last year.

Iran believes agents working with foreign intelligence services including the American CIA and Israel's Mossad are behind the assassinations of several of its nuclear scientists.

  • thereevos - 2012-08-21 17:57

    Bomb the them bloody terrorists - 2012-08-21 18:47

      Who did they terrorize? If a recognize sovereign nation build weapons for its military ,they are terrorists? In that vein we can as well say South Africa is a terrorist state as it has it's own weapons manufacturing company Denel.The same goes for the USA , Israel,Turkey e.t.c They are all terrorist nations as per your logic.Thank you Sir for clearing that up.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-08-21 22:34

      In the absence of democracy, a few in power who dictate to the citizens, and place them in harms way by antagonising other nations, are therefore a terrorist state. If a state funds terrorist organisations such as Hisballah and Hamas, for the purpose of attacking and undermining another state by proxy, then they are terrorists, and should be dealt with as one deals with vermin. There is no place for Iran in this modern world. Not in its current form and attitude.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-21 22:35

      Xbox, you should inform yourself more about who the Iranian regime is and what they do. Be sure to not confuse them with the Iranian people, from whom they've stolen the Iranian government by rigging elections and adjusting election results.

  • patrick.mampane - 2012-08-21 18:33

    Iran has every right to defend herself against aggressors.

      jaba.kov - 2012-08-21 18:42

      Iran is the aggressor. Google how many times Iran has threatened to annihilate Israel. Israel has not threatened Iran. Israel has only threatened the Iranian nuclear program for the simple reason that Iran has threatened Israel with extermination about 100 times over the last 6 years. Religious fanatics like the crazy Iranian Mullahs is one thing - religious fanatics with nuclear capabilities is unimaginably scary. Iran must be stopped diplomatically, but if all fails Israel has every right to destroy the 6 Iranian nuclear sites. China and Russia have already turned their backs on Iran – it seems as though the worst case scenario is about to commence.

      gary.smith.rsa - 2012-08-21 18:46

      And so does Israel.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-21 18:47

      Defensive advances are meant to defend human integrity, and are not meant to be offensive moves toward others," Ahmadinejad said, So if Israel does the same, (and I assume you and your ilk are aware that Israel has never used a nuclear device?), why then make a huge noise about it. If unveiling of missiles and other weapons is not warmongering, fearmongering and all the other clichés the anti-wests are using, then please explain what is? If Ahmadinejad is so clever, why "unveil' these things? Everyone keeps shouting that Israel is in for a surprise. Well why not keep it a surprise? Iran has every right to defend herself against aggressors. So does Israel, with or without the help from whomever she chooses. PS. I think we can safely assume and that all these conspirators really have to agree, this news article was NOT written by the CIA, FBI, NIA, NSA or any one of the usual suspects, as created in the minds of the deluded.....

  • wesleywt - 2012-08-21 19:03

    All these weapons, but they can't help their people who suffered two earthquakes. Arab Spring in Tehran.

      wesleywt - 2012-08-22 04:43

      I don't understand the 3 downvotes. Cartoons are circulating in Iran mocking the president for building weapons but not being able to help the earthquake victims.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-22 08:15

      Support the green movement of Iran!

  • meqdad.taheri - 2012-08-22 01:20

    The details of an Israeli attack on Iran are revealed in Jonathan Bloomfield’s book, “Palestine.”

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-22 07:45

    The Iranian regime adjusts elections to hold onto power. It has stolen the Iranian government from the Iranian people. It funds the Jihadist movement that has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, mainly Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. It is supporting Bashar Assad's brutal oppression of Syrians wanting nothing more than the right to vote. It supports the stoning of women. It openly calls for the elimination of Israel and denies the Holocaust, the single biggest attempt at human genocide in human history: six million people exterminated. It is dishonest, highly repressive, and self-serving at the expense of the Iranian people and humanity. It's days are numbered, and it knows this.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-22 07:53

      Same old rubbish, repeated on thread after thread, truly a paid shill!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-22 08:21

      Still true though! Don't forget its the same regime that places religously ordained hits on writers of fiction. Executes homosexuals , has completely contravened diplomatic missions in its country (some blasting the UK govt for) . Support the Youth and Green movement of Iran so the counrty can free itself from theocratic fascism.

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-22 15:55

      Kidnapping, raping, murdering and enforced slavery of Africans in particular and non Caucasians in general which took place for hundreds of years is much worse than anything you have ever read at school, much more than 6 million died and many communities disappeared under the weight of western human trafficking, so please the holocaust cannot be the only tragedy that we must all be bombarded about.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-22 16:06

      Imam, for your information, the main traders of slaves were Arabs. In addition, slavery was practiced everywhere, including in Africa among African tribes. It is unfortunately a human story across cultures and civilizations. You really should educate yourself more.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-22 16:33

      Iman , you really do need to read up a bit for example : 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were captured by Barbary pirates and sold as slaves in North Africa and Ottoman Empire between the 16th and 19th centuries.There was also an extensive trade in Christian slaves in the Black Sea region for several centuries until the Crimean Khanate was destroyed by the Russians. The Arab slave trade only ended in 1970. There's a lot more all the way to antiquity and you'd be fairly surprised, look up the abolition movement .

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-22 18:24

      Imam, again, while you're blinding yourself with immature anti-West rhetoric, literally hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims are being killed or maimed by unelected dictators and Jihadists in YOUR midst. They're members of your community. You're being tragically stupid. Wake up!

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-22 18:51

      Correction Allcoveredinninjas, Arab slave trade is still live and well.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-22 15:57

    Is there censorship on this site? no freedom of speech? just wondering.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-08-23 14:14

      You are being allowed to post here are you not? That constitutes freedom of speech i believe. Try this in a Arab nation, i would be hanged before dawn. Just saying...

  • gkleingeld - 2012-08-29 07:39

    Iran is a dump, they allow no rights for women and use religion to abuse women. Read the book, "Not without my daughter" and then you get a good idea of what goes on in that country.

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