Iran self-sufficient in missile production: minister

January 28th, 2009 - 1:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Jan 28 (RIA Novosti) Iran has achieved self-sufficiency in manufacturing combat missiles of various modifications, the country’s defence minister has said. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said Iranian military specialists “are creating types of weapons that have no equal in the world”.

He added that Iran would continue to build up its defence capability to ensure regional stability and security.

“Our greater defence power is no threat to other countries,” he said. “Iran only needs a system to deter and repulse possible external aggression against it.”

Iran said Monday it had successfully test-fired a heat-seeking air-to-air missile. The Defence Ministry said the new missile, which has a range of 100 km, will go into production after the tests are completed in March.

Tehran announced last November it had successfully test-fired a new surface-to-surface solid-fuel missile, called Sajjil, with a range of about 2,000 km.

It earlier test-launched an upgraded Shahab-3 ballistic missile as part of the Great Prophet III military exercise in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, drawing a fresh wave of international criticism.

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