News Brief – June 28, 2011
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of massive missile drills, the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said when designing the missiles, Iran had US and Israeli targets in mind.
“We feel to be threatened by no county but the US and the Zionist regime and the ranges of our missile have been designed based on the distances between us and the US bases in the region and the Zionist regime,” Hajizadeh continued.
As a result, the commander said that although Iran could produce even longer-range missiles it wouldn’t need to. As the two prime threats to Iran were already within range of its missiles.
However, Hajizadeh explained that the expansion of U.S. bases in the region had helped Iran.
“The Americans have reduced our labours,” he told Fars. “Their military bases in the region are in a range of 130, 250 and maximum 700 km in Afghanistan which we can hit with these missiles.”
Western intelligence reports claim Iran wants to produce intercontinental missiles with a range of up to 3,750 miles (6,000km), a claim Iran has denied.
Hajizadeh said some US bases in Iraq and Afghanistan were as close as 75 miles (120km) from Iran’s borders and could easily be hit if Iran were attacked.
The powerful IRGC kicked off the war games on Monday by unveiling underground missile silos for the first time, claiming that medium- and long-range missiles stored in them were ready to launch if Iran was attacked.
Iran has warned that should it be attacked by either the US or Israel, it will target 32 U.S. bases in the region East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
The Strait of Hormuz is a major shipping route through which up to 40% of the world’s oil passes.
Meanwhile in the first stage of the missile drill on Monday, the IRGC test-fired an upgraded Fateh-110 missile.
In September, Iran announced that it had successfully test-fired the third generation of the missile. The Fateh-110 is a short-range, road-mobile, solid-fuelled, high-precision missile with advanced navigation and control systems.
The second stage of the drills followed on Tuesday when the IRGC simultaneously fired 9 surface-to-surface Zelzal missiles and 5 Shahab class missiles, including a long-range Shahab-3 missile.
Iran successfully fires ballistic missiles
Press TV footage from the second day of the Great Prophet 6 missile drills: