Iran Test-Fires New Ballistic Missile With Range of 1,200 Miles – Reports
Iran Test-Fires New Ballistic Missile With Range of 1,200 Miles – Reports from Sputnik News
According to the Press TV broadcaster, Iran successfully tested a new ballistic missile “Khorramshahr” that had been shown at a military parade the day before.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Iran has successfully carried out the test launch of a new ballistic missile “Khorramshahr” with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles), local media reported Saturday.
According to the Press TV broadcaster, the video footage released by state-run television does not provide any details regarding the location of the test sites. The missile was reportedly fired several hours after it had been unveiled during a military parade in Tehran.
On Friday, the Iranian capital hosted the military parade during which the new ballistic missile was showcased. The ballistic missile, named after the Iraqi city of Khorramshahr, one of Iraq’s main targets during the Iran-Iraq war, was developed specially for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces. The new ballistic missile is capable of carrying multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles over a distance of 1,800 kilometers.
Iran’s ballistic missile program has triggered the discontent and concerns of other states, in particular, the United States due to its possible links to the Iranian nuclear program. Despite the attempts by Washington to include the provisions, concerning ballistic missiles, in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, the proposal was not supported by other signatories.