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Iran’s president on Tuesday unveiled an upgraded version of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile just weeks after it was test-fired, the country’s state-media reported.
 
At the ceremony for Fateh-110, or Conqueror, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of defense officials that Iran wants to advance its defense technology "not in an aggressive context, but as a deterrence."
 
"We do not seek it for conquest, domination of neighboring countries and the world. We do not want it because of defiance," said Ahmadinejad, according to state TV.

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 weapons. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.
 
The official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday that the new version of Fateh-110 has a quicker launch capability, a longer life and can be used in adverse weather conditions, but gave no other details. The missile has been in service in Iran over the past decade.
 
Iran claimed earlier in August that it successfully test-fired the missile, saying at the time that Fateh-110 has an improved accuracy to strike land and naval targets within a 300 kilometer (185 mile) range.
 
Since 1992, Iran has tried to set up a self-sufficient military program. The country’s military leaders have said they believe future wars will take place in the air and on sea, 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.
 
At Tuesday’s ceremony marking the national day of Iran’s defense industry, Ahmadinejad also unveiled several other new Iranian-made weapons, such as a naval diesel engine, a mortar launcher, a monitoring military intelligence system and tactical SUVs.
 
Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said Iran will commission a new generation of fighter jets, missiles, unmanned drones and submarines by the Iranian New Year, which falls in March 2013.
 
Iran’s purported military advancements are impossible to independently verify because the country does not release technical details of its arsenals or rely on equipment from major international defense contractors.
 
Tehran occasionally announces additions to its arsenal, holds inauguration ceremonies, starts up new production lines and test-fires new missiles.

August/21/2012

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George Smily

8/23/2012 3:07:38 PM

This new Missile of Iran reminds me of 4th of July firecsckers, onde uses them up than sits there watching others using theirs. Question is, whAT IS IN THEIR STOCKPILE? once they use it up, irregardless of their production capabilities, all that will turn into dustby retaliatory strike. In reality it's only Sable Rattling!

rich bind

8/21/2012 10:25:03 PM

Lets see, -- a short range missile (300km) that can be fired quickly, during adverse weather conditions. Now, both of Irans main targets, Israel & US are outside range of this new weapon, so who or what country do they have in mind?? Maybe Turkey should look to re-establish realtions with other mideast countries that have sophisticated anti-missile technology (only one that I can think of) in its own self interest.

dumitru marian albu

8/21/2012 5:36:30 PM

military advancements will be acknowledged on battle field ......
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