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03 April 2006 :: 14:04:40 pm 33465

Iran Ups The Ante

Iran tests sonar-evading underwater missile and is developing other atomic warhead-capable missiles. Iran has test-fired a sonar-evading underwater missile that is faster than any current enemy warship, a senior naval commander told state television on Sunday during a week of war games in the Gulf.
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Western nations are very concerned about the new developments especially in Iran‘s missile capabilities amid a standoff over the Iranian nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at building atomic bombs. Iran continues to protest that the program is only civilian.

Analysts say the United States may take military action against Iran if it fails to resolve the nuclear dispute through diplomatic means.
Iran has a commanding position over the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Gulf, a shipping route through which passes some two-fifths of all the oil traded in the world.
“This missile evades sonar technology under the water and even if the enemy sonar system could detect its movement under the water, no warship could escape from it because of its high velocity,” Revolutionary Guards Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said.
Under the water the maximum speed that a missile could (usually) move is 25 meters per second, but now we possess a missile which is four times as fast.

The commander used the word “missile” in Farsi, rather than “torpedo”.
Iran‘s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Aliasghar Soltaniyeh, said the missile test should not worry the world. He said that, to his knowledge, the weapon could not carry a nuclear warhead.
The official IRNA news agency said the manoeuvres were to show Iran‘s “defensive capabilities”.

In addition, Iran said it had successfully test-fired a domestically produced, radar-evading missile, and released images of it being launched into the air from land.

Iranian state television said that missile was called the Fajr-3. But Hossein Salami, head of the Revolutionary Guards air force, did not name the new weapon or give the missile‘s range.
Diplomats in Europe said this month that Iran was stepping up development of other missiles capable of carrying atomic warheads. But an Iranian official denied the charge.

Reporter : PDN staff   Category : World News

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