The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a statement on Saturday rejected media reports claiming that Iran has developed missiles which could reach targets 12,000 km in distance, stressing that the maximum range of Iran’s missiles is 2,000 km.
“Some media have made a mistake when quoting a part of the remarks of the IRGC Aerospace Force Commander (Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh) about IRGC’s missiles and said their range is 12000 kilometers,” the statement issued by the IRGC’s Public Relations said on Saturday.
“Actually, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has pointed to the IRGC Aerospace Force’s defensive capabilities, and said ‘at present, the range of our long-range missiles is 2,000km and the reason is that our enemies are within this range … and they are not much worth to be targetted by costly missiles’,” continued the statement.
Iranian Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Organization has been responsible for developing Iran’s solid-fuel, surface-to-surface Sejjil and long-range Shahab-3 ballistic missiles which both have a range of up to 2,000 km.
The Shahab-3 reportedly has a range of maximum 1,250 miles (2000 kilometers) and is capable of carrying a 1,000-760 kilogram warhead.
This is while the solid-fuel, two-stage Sejjil missile with two engines, is capable of reaching a very high altitude and therefore has a longer range than that of the Shahab 3 model, but not much.
Iran successfully tested second generation of Sejjil missiles and brought it into mass production in 2009. Sejjil missiles are considered as the third generation of Iran-made long-range missiles.
Also, Iran’s 2000km-range, liquid-fuel, Qadr F ballistic missile can reach territories as far as Israel.