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In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 file photo released by the Iranian Fars News Agency, a surface-to-surface missile is launched during the Iranian Revolutionary Guards maneuver. AP photo

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 file photo released by the Iranian Fars News Agency, a surface-to-surface missile is launched during the Iranian Revolutionary Guards maneuver. AP photo

Iran claimed today it has successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a short-range ballistic missile with improved accuracy, increasing the Islamic Republic’s capability to strike both land and naval targets.

Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the solid-fueled Fateh-110 has a range of 300 kilometers. He claimed the weapon could strike with pin-point precision, making it the most accurate weapon of its kind in Iran’s arsenal.
 
"By reaching this generation of the Fateh-110, a new capability has been added to our armed forces in striking sea and land targets," state TV quoted Vahidi as saying. "Few countries in the world possess the technology to build such missiles."
 
Iran’s military leaders have said they believe future wars will be air- and sea-based and Tehran has sought to upgrade its air defense systems and naval power in anticipation of such a possibility.
 
Iran has also been pushing to upgrade its missiles, which already can target Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East. The Pentagon released a report in June noting significant advances in Iranian missile technology, acknowledging that the Islamic Republic has improved the accuracy and firing capabilities of its missiles.
 
The Fateh-110, or Conqueror, is a single-stage solid-propellant, surface-to-surface missile put into service in 2002. The earlier version of the domestically-produced missile had a range of 200 kilometers. The weapon was developed by Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization.
 
Iran also has a variety of longer-ranged missiles including a Shahab-3 variant with a range of 2,000 kilometers that can reach Israel and southern Europe. Many of its missiles could in theory carry a nuclear warhead.
 
Iran considers both the United States and Israel as potential adversaries. Neither country has ruled out a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, which they claim is aimed at developing nuclear technology. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.
 
Israel is about 1,000 kilometers away from Iran’s western borders, while the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, some 200 kilometers from Iranian shores in the Persian Gulf.
 
Iran’s military leaders have threatened that Israel "would disappear from the Earth" if it attacks Iran. Military commanders have also warned that 35 American military bases in the Middle East are within Iran’s missile range and would be destroyed within seconds after any U.S. attack on Iran.
 
Iran launched an arms development program during its 1980-88 war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, torpedoes and a fighter plane.

August/04/2012

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Uri Zakay

8/5/2012 5:01:18 PM

Dears, Turk uzan, Laura Davis, Murat ' if so why I read in Hurriyet -"Turkey to establish anti-missile system .establish eight long-range anti-missile systems, Turkish officials are having talks with four candidate countries including, Russia, the United States, China and Israel, for the purchase of the necessary batteries, Murad Bayar told the agency. - Against whom ? To spend billions against nothing ?

Aeron Espinoza

8/5/2012 9:10:30 AM

hum...by the way...Iran openly said they will always seeing USA as a threat even not Israel..for NATO attack on Iran from turkey...it is only a turkey who feel the pain instantaneously...inside Istanbul...the tourism business will be closed... in fact Iran will not fight directly with neighbors...THE IRANIAN ONLY NEED TO HELP P.K.K and DESTABILIZE TURKEY... that's will not happen...both nations have mutual interest...in their relation...that's all

Murat

8/5/2012 1:24:46 AM

Why would Iran attack Turkey? For that matter why would Iran launch a first strike against anyone? The sanctions do hurt but by enlarge it is a self sufficient nation and World will never run out need for oil.

Laura Davis

8/4/2012 6:45:39 PM

@Uri; No guilt, no fear!

nir sh

8/4/2012 6:07:41 PM

the distance from tehran to ankara is 1600 km, so turkey is sure under a threat

Turk Uzan

8/4/2012 2:24:56 PM

@ Uri Zakay, I don't think Iran would even attack Turkey, we are a neighboring nation, we'd have hundreds of thousands of troops in Iran without much logistical effort. Also that's like saying "hey NATO now you have a reason". The only think we have to worry about is a nuclear strike on Iran by Israel which would really affect us. Anyway, let's just hope that rockets on all sides won't have to be used.

Uri Zakay

8/4/2012 1:01:27 PM

What about the possibility of targets in Turkey ?
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