Iran Army gains capability to intercept, redirect enemy missiles: Cmdr

Press TV – April 30, 2012

The commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base says the Iranian Army has achieved the capability to intercept and deflect enemy missiles away from their targets.

“Any missile will be destroyed or re-routed before reaching Iran, and will hit a target of our choosing,” Fars news agency quoted Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili as saying on Monday.

These systems will carry out their tasks whenever a threat is posed, Esmaeili added.

In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in important military equipment and systems.

Commenting on a bid by members of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council along with the US to deploy a missile system in the Persian Gulf, the Iranian commander said the countries resorting to such means certainly perceive a weakness in their defenses.

In March, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Saudi Arabia about a plan for a Persian Gulf missile system to counter what she described as potential threats from Iran.

This is while Iran has announced time and again that “deterrence” lies at the heart of its defense doctrine, and that its military might poses no threats to other countries.

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Comment – April 30, 2012

Although some Western commentators will dismiss the above claims as unfounded we wouldn’t write them off so quickly. In fact one might even say that Iran has already partially demonstrated it possesses this ability when it seized control of the RQ-170 surveillance drone last December. 
Seizing control of the U.S. drone was something of an intelligence coup for Iran. Not only did it yield a wealth of classified information but it also conclusively demonstrated that Iranian experts had the know how to seize control of one of America’s most advanced surveillance drones.
Despite U.S. claims that the drone was ‘shot down’ film of the RQ-170 landing proved that this was not the case.  
Meaning that if Iran’s scientists and technicians can seize control of one of America’s most advanced UAVs from the CIA, it would be foolish to dismiss the above claims. Ed.

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