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Iranian Commander: Iran Unveils 750km-Range MRV Missile with Pin-Point Precision Striking Capability

21 September 2016 23:10

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Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Iran’s Zolfaqar ballistic missile that carries a Multiple Re-entry Vehicle payload and went on display during the military parades earlier on Wednesday can destroy targets in distances up to 750km in range with a zero margin of error.

“This year, for the first time, the ground-to-ground missile system, Emad, that enjoys a pin-point precision striking capability and is capable of being guided to the last moment of striking the target, and the solid-fuel missile system, Zolfaqar that also enjoys a pin-point precision striking capability and has a range of 750km as well as advanced home-made ground-to-air missile defense systems, including Khordad 3, Ra’d and Tabas, went on display and we also observed the showcasing of Sayyad 2 missile system,” Hajizadeh told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.

Reports said earlier today that the production line of Zolfaqar missile system will be officially inaugurated within a week in a ceremony to be participated by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.

General Hajizadeh also said that the home-made Saeqeh system with an electronic warfare capability was displayed during the today military parades in Tehran.

“Also today, concurrent with the parades in Tehran, the IRGC Aerospace Force’s Su-22 fighter jets displayed their combat capabilities in (the Southern port city of) Bandar Abbas,” he said.

Iran unveiled its latest home-made long-range ballistic missile system with a Multiple Re-entry Vehicle (MRV) payload on Wednesday.

Zolfaqar, the latest generation of Iran’s long-range missiles, which was unveiled in the Southern port city of Bandar Abbas during the nationwide parades of Armed Forces, is capable of carrying MRV payloads and can rains down missiles on ground targets with a high level of precision-striking power.

A Multiple Reentry Vehicle payload for a ballistic missile deploys multiple warheads in a pattern against a single target. (As opposed to Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, which deploys multiple warheads against multiple targets.) The advantage of an MRV over a single warhead is that the damage produced in the center of the pattern is far greater than the damage possible from any single warhead in the MRV cluster, this makes for an efficient area attack weapon. Also, the sheer number of warheads make interception by Anti-ballistic missiles unlikely.

Improved warhead designs allow smaller warheads for a given yield, while better electronics and guidance systems allowed greater accuracy. As a result MIRV technology has proven more attractive than MRV for advanced nations. Because of the larger amount of nuclear material consumed by MRVs and MIRVs, single warhead missiles are more attractive for nations with less advanced technology. The United States deployed an MRV payload on the Polaris A-3. The Soviet Union deployed MRVs on the SS-9 Mod 4 ICBM.

Iran has made giant advancements in developing long-range missiles in recent years.

The IRGC fired 2 home-made ‘Qadr H’ ballistic missiles from the Eastern Alborz Mountains at a target in Iran’s Southeastern Makran seashore some 1,400km away in March.

The missiles were fired on the sidelines of the main stage of the IRGC drills in Central Iran and various parts of the country.

One missile had a message written on it that said in Hebrew: “Israel should be wiped off the Earth”.

Qadr is a 2000km-range, liquid-fuel and ballistic missile which can reach territories as far as Israel.

The missile can carry different types of ‘Blast’ and ‘MRV’ payloads to destroy a range of targets. The new version of Qadr H can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positions and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability.

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