Reuters – January 22, 2007
Iran's Revolutionary Guards launched war-games in central Iran and said they would test two models of home-made missiles, state radio reported.
The war-games come at a time of rising tension between the West and Iran. Western capitals say Tehran's nuclear programme is aimed at producing nuclear weapons but Tehran adamantly denies this charge.
'In the four-day long missile war-games in Garmsar area, the Zelzal-1 and Fajr-5 missiles will be tested,' state radio quoted a Guards spokesman saying.
Garmsar is a small city located 100 km southeast of Tehran, adjacent to the unpopulated Garmsar desert.
The Guards have in the past demonstrated and test fired many Iranian-made missiles
The report said Zelzal-1 had a range of more than 350 km and Fajr-5 could hit targets more than 70 km away but some military experts say the Zelzal-1 has a shorter range.
State radio said the Revolutionary Guards ground force units would start arming and firing the missiles later today.
Iran has staged several war-games in the past year, including firing some of its long-range Shahab-3 missiles, which Iran says have a range of 2,000 km, putting Israel or US bases in the Gulf in range.
The war-games have been seen by military experts as muscle flexing, aimed at showing off Iran's capabilities in the face of pressure from the US.
The US said it wants a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff, but refused to rule out military action if diplomacy fails
Iranian war games last November when more Iranian manufactured missiles were fired.
Last updated 23/01/2007