Commander Says Iran Tests 2000km-Range Ballistic Missile
- May, 09, 2016 - 12:23
- Defense news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran has test-fired a high precision ballistic missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and pinpoint accuracy of 8 meters, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi announced.
“Two weeks ago, we test-fired a missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and a margin of error of eight meters,” Abdollahi said in a scientific conference in Tehran on Monday, adding that the margin means that the missile enjoys zero error.
"We can guide this ballistic missile...," he added.
The commander refused to provide further details of the missile or its name.
He further emphasized that the headquarters of the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces has allocated 10 percent of defense budget to research projects aimed at strengthening defense power.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.
In late March, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underscored the need for boosting Iran’s defense capabilities, warning that enemies are making use of every tool available to undermine the Islamic Republic.
Ayatollah Khamenei said at the time that if the Islamic establishment seeks technology and negotiations but lacks defense might, it will have to buckle in the face of any weak country posing threats.
In March, the IRGC test-fired two types of Qadr ballistic missiles during the large-scale drills, codenamed “Might of Velayat”.
The two ballistic missiles, Qadr-H and Qadr-F, were launched from the heights of East Alborz Mountains, north of Iran, and hit targets on the Makran coasts, southeast of the country.