Iran says it’s using laser systems to improve ballistic missile accuracy

Associated Press — Dec 9, 2013

Iran’s Defense Minister says his country is now using laser systems to dramatically improve the accuracy of its ballistic missiles.

Hossein Dehghan said missiles can now hit to within two meters (yards) of their targets, compared to 200 meters (yards) previously. His comments were posted on the ministry’s website Monday.

Iran frequently announced breakthroughs in military technology that are impossible to independently verify.

Iran has a variety of missiles, some with a reported range of 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles), enough to reach much of the Middle East. Commanders have described them as a deterrent, capable of hitting a U.S. base or an Israeli target in the event of a strike on Iran.

The Pentagon released a rare public report last year noting that Iran has improved its missile capabilities.

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Iran To Unveil New Radar Systems Shortly

News Brief — Dec 10, 2013

In a related development Tuesday, Iran said it plans to unveil an advanced new radar system soon.
Stressing that the radar was an entirely indigenous development, the commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said “The radar has high capability in detecting and identifying targets and in electronic warfare”.
However, Brig Gen. Esmayeeli declined to reveal specific technical details about the system, saying only that Iran’s air defences bore no comparison now to those it had during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s.
Analysts believe that Iran’s development and deployment of new military technology has served as a deterrent against open military aggression, particularly from the U.S. and Israel. Those developments include new radar systems, military jets and a variety of advanced missiles that have all been developed locally.
Earlier this year former Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Iran had “jumped” forward in the design and development of radar systems.
Since then Iran has revealed several new locally developed radar systems, including a passive radar system and a new long-range phased array radar, the Asr.

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