Iran Successfully Test-Fires Short-Range Missiles
FARS News Agency – January 24, 2007
Missile units of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRCG) successfully test-fired short-range missiles and 'Fateh' rockets in Garmsar region, 100 kilometers east of Tehran on Tuesday.
The missile war games carried out by the artillery and missile units of the IRGC's ground force are aimed at assessing operational capabilities of the Iranian-made missiles.
During these military exercises, the Iranian forces use various types of short, medium and long range missiles and rockets, some of which have already been tested in the country's previous maneuvers.
Also earlier today, IRGC forces successfully test-fired two Iranian-made missiles, namely 'Zelzal' and 'Fajr-5' in the Garmsar region.
Commander of the IRGC Missile Unit Brigadier General Majeed Ayineh told FNA that the missile tests by the military units subordinate to the IRGC ground forces would continue for the next three days.
Fajr-5 has a range of around 75km while Zelzal has a range of 100 to 400 km.
The missile war games started in Garmsar region, 100 kilometers east of Tehran on Sunday.
Colonel Reza Hashemian told reporters on Sunday that the military exercises are aimed at testing the IRGC's missile capability and will continue for five days.
Stating that the maneuvers will be carried out in different stages, he said that the first stage, which started on Sunday and lasts until this afternoon, includes identification, occupation and settlement of positions.
According to Hashemian, other stages of the military exercises which will begin this evening include charging and launching of missiles.
Earlier reports said that the maneuvers have been designed to test the performance and capabilities of two Iranian-made missiles known as 'Zelzal' and 'Fajr-5'.
Iran also test-fired its Shahab-3 ballistic missile successfully in November 2006. Shahab-3 has a range of up to 2000 km.
Last updated 25/01/2007