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Monday, September 28, 2009
IRGC conducts short-range missile test
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps successfully test-fired its short-range missiles on Sunday during the first stage of The Great Prophet IV military exercise.
Short-range missiles of the Tondar-69, Fateh-110, and Zelzal type were test-fired and hit their targets successfully, IRGC Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami told reporters on Sunday.
The IRGC planned to test medium-range Shahab-1 and Shahab-2 missiles later on Sunday night and long-range Shahab-3 missiles on Monday.
Iran also tested a multiple missile launcher for the first time, he stated.
“The message of the exercise, for some arrogant countries that intend to intimidate, is that we are able to quickly give a proper response to (any possible) aggression by them through tough and strong actions,” Salami said.
Iran has reduced the range and enhanced the speed and precision of some of its missiles so they can be used in swift, short-range engagements, he explained, adding that they can now be launched from positions that are not as easy to hit.
He said that the current missile tests and military drills are indications of Iran’s resolve to defend its national values and part of a strategy of deterrence and containment of missile threats.
Iran has had the solid-fuel Fateh missile, with a range of 120 miles (193 kilometers), for several years. Fateh means conqueror in Persian. The Tondar, which means thunder, has a range of about 93 miles (150 kilometers.)
Iran previously tested the Zelzal (earthquake in English) missile, versions of which have ranges of 130-185 miles (209-298 kilometers).
In May, Iran conducted tests of its longest-range solid-fuel missile, the Sejjil-2. The two-stage surface-to-surface missile has a range of about 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers).