Iran tests anti-air, anti-ship missiles; unveils drone amid Israel tensions

Economic Times India – September 25, 2012

Iran has tested anti-air and anti-ship missiles and unveiled a new drone, its powerful Revolutionary Guards said today, in a show of military readiness for a war with Israel their chief says is inevitable.

Medium-range surface-to-air missiles designed to knock attacking aircraft out of the sky at a range of 50 kilometres were successfully fired today, the Guards said in a statement on their official Sepahnews website.

The new, Taer-2 missiles were part of an anti-air defence system known as Ra’ad (Thunder), the statement said.

The Fars news agency called the domestically made missiles “more advanced” than the Russian-made Buk family of missiles they were based on.

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the commander of the Guards’ navy, also said that yesterday a naval drill was held in which four missiles hit a warship-sized target, sinking it in 50 seconds, according to Fars.

“We have missile systems that cover all the Persian Gulf coasts and the American bases (in the region),” he was quoted as saying.

He added that the Revolutionary Guards would in the next six months hold “big naval manoeuvres in the Strait of Hormuz,” the strategic, narrow channel at the Gulf’s entrance through which a third of the world’s seaborne traded oil passes.

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Guards’ aerospace division charged with missile defence, also announced a new drone, dubbed Shahed 129, with a range of 2,000 kilometres.

“It is able to carry bombs and missiles… it has the ability to fly non-stop for 24 hours, it does surveillance,” Fars quoted him as saying. State television showed images of the unmanned aircraft.

On Saturday, the head of the Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said war between Iran and Israel “will eventually happen, but it is not certain where and when.”

It was the first time a senior Iranian official had acknowledged the probability of war breaking out between the two arch-foes.

Israel in recent weeks has ratcheted up its threats to possibly launch air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, with or without help from its US ally.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commanders have said they would view any Israeli attack as being carried out with US authorisation, and warned they would hit US military bases in Afghanistan, Qatar and Bahrain in retaliation.

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In addition to test firing the new missiles and unveiling the new drone, Iran also introduced new armoured vehicles as reported below. It’s no coincidence that these announcements have come as tensions continue to build over Iran’s nuclear program amid claims that it has a military dimension.
Despite denying those accusations, the fact remains that Iran is now actively preparing for military confrontation.

Iran Increases Armed Forces’ Mobility with New Military Vehicles

FARS News Agency – September 25, 2012

Iran on Monday unveiled a light armored vehicle and an armored personnel carrier as part of its broader plan for increasing mobility of its armed forces.

The light armored vehicle, Howeize, and Talaeiyeh armored infantry carrier were officially unveiled in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.

Speaking to reporters, Vahidi said that the newly unveiled vehicles produced by the Defense Industries Organization were a “great step” in increasing mobility and operational movement of the armed forces.

As regards the features of Howeize armored vehicle, Vahidi said that in addition to different military missions, the vehicle can be used at border posts and in anti-narcotic operations.

On Friday, the Iranian Armed Forces displayed the country’s latest home-made military tools, weapons and equipments in large military parades in Tehran.

During the parades, the Iranian armed forces displayed different weapons and military tools and equipment, including different kinds of fighters, choppers, drones, ground-to-ground missiles, air-to-ground missiles, surface-to-surface missiles, tactical and armed vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electronic and telecommunication equipment, light and mid-light weapons, different kinds of artillery and mortar-launchers, air defense systems and engineering and logistic equipment.

The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipments during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, specially at a time of heightened threats by the US.

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