Iran tests new precision-guided ballistic missile

Published: October 11, 2015
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A military truck carries shalamcheh missiles in a military parade in Tehran on September 22, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

A military truck carries shalamcheh missiles in a military parade in Tehran on September 22, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

A military truck carries shalamcheh missiles in a military parade in Tehran on September 22, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan delivers a speech during the 4th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow on April 16, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI: Iran successfully tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile, Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying on Sunday, signalling an apparent advance in Tehran’s attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile battery.

“The Emad missile is able to strike targets with a high-level of precision and completely destroy them,” state news agency IRNA quoted Dehghan as saying.

Anthony Cordesman, a researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in January that the Emad would have a range of 1,700 km (1,060 miles), 500 meters accuracy and a 750 kg (1,653 pound) payload.

It is a variant of the liquid-fuelled Shahab-3 missile, in service since 2003, which has a similar range but is accurate only to within 2,000 meters.

“The Emad represents a major leap in terms of accuracy. It has an advanced guidance and control system in its nose cone,” Israeli missile expert Uzi Rubin said.

Dehghan said the new weapon would be deployed to missile units in the “near future”.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Zain
    Oct 11, 2015 - 2:59PM

    Will be used against Sunni majority people struggling against the

    bucther Asad Alawi minority regime in SyriaRecommend

  • Muhammad Khan
    Oct 11, 2015 - 8:45PM

    @Zain: And the tiny Gulf Fiefdoms will again run to USA for more Patriot Missiles at the highest cost as they lack manpower’s capabilities to operate these missiles. US experts will come along with these missiles enjoying the highest salaries and perks in the world. Thus, US will keep taking the Petro Dollars back to the place where these are printed. The new friend of these fiefdoms i.e. India will not help them because it enjoys more good relations with Iran than these tiny Gulf states wherein India is likely to invest 8 Billion Dollars in Iranian Port of Chahbahar. On the other hand UAE has promised to invest 75 Billion Dollars in India.Recommend

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