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Islamic Republic of Iran to increase Navy missiles’ range

26 April 2011 19:20

Iran’s Navy will increase the range of its missiles in a bid to boost the capabilities of the country’s Armed Forces, says the deputy commander of the Navy.

“The range of missile systems… and even systems that are used as missiles in vessels will be increased,” Admiral Gholamreza Khadem Bigham told IRNA on Tuesday.

“Based on possible enemy threats, increasing the range of these missiles has been carried out by Iran’s committed experts, especially with the cooperation of Iran’s Defense Ministry,” he added.

The Iranian Navy’s deputy commander further said increasing missile ranges was a “national move” aimed at enhancing the country’s deterrence power.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in essential military equipment and systems.

On April 16, Iran announced that it has successfully test-fired an air-defense missile system dubbed Sayyad (Hunter)-2.

The newly-tested system is an upgraded version of the Sayyad-1 system with higher precision, range and defensive power.

In January, Iran successfully test-fired the mid-range, surface-to-air Hawk missile and the Iranian Defense Ministry delivered new cruise missile systems to the Navy.

The systems, designed and manufactured by Iranian experts, are capable of spotting and destroying different targets at sea.

The Navy has successfully test-fired a range of powerful missiles mounted with laser technology, which display high precision and have a range of 45 kilometers (28 miles) to 300 kilometers (186 miles).

Iran has repeatedly assured that its military might poses no threat to other countries, saying its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

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