Iran to launch new satellites soon, defence minister say

Herald Sun – November 22, 2010

IRAN is ready to launch into space a number of its newly-designed satellites, defence minister Ahmad Vahidi said.

“Currently, we are building new satellites, and soon, in the near future, some of them will be launched into space,” Vahidi said in the western city of Khoramabad, without specifying when the launches would take place.

Iran planned a launch for its second homemade satellite Rasad 1 (Observation 1) in late August, but it was postponed until March 2011, in the second half of the Iranian year,  lMehr news agency reported.

In February 2009, Iran launched its first domestically-produced satellite, Omid (Hope).

Vahidi also said Iran was designing its own S-300 missiles, in the wake of Moscow’s refusal to deliver them because of UN sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear ambitions.

“The production of the S-300 missile is now being pursued by domestic experts. The production is in the design process,” he said.

His remarks came after Iran’s English-language Press TV reported Thursday that the country “successfully” tested an upgraded version of an S-200 system with the “same capability as the Russian-made S-300 system.”

The S-300 is a surface-to-air missile in medium and high altitudes with a range of up to 160kms.

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Iran is designing missile system similar to Russian S-300: minister

Tehran Times – November 22, 2010

Iran is currently designing a missile system which resembles to the Russian S-300 missile system (left), Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced on Sunday.

He said the process of designing and manufacturing the system would take a while but the Islamic Republic can now defend itself without it, Vahidi told the Mehr News Agency.

He also said Tehran will sue Moscow for breaking the deal to deliver S-300 missile system to Iran.

Russia’s president has signed a decree banning supplies of S-300 missiles and other arms to Iran.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Vahidi said Iran is currently manufacturing ‘Iran 140’ passenger airplanes and it also plans to design and manufacture other types of passenger planes.

He also said Iran is manufacturing new satellites, some of which will be launched into space soon.

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