Iran begins missile production

2010-02-07 09:02 BJT


Iran has began production of two new missiles, just three days after test-launching a long-range rocket.

The Islamic Republic's missiles are called the Qaem and the Toofan-5. Iran's Defense Minister described Qaem as a light-weight, guided missile. It aims to destroy low-altitude air targets, particularly armored combat helicopters.

Toofan-5 can carry two warheads and is able to destroy armored personnel carriers and tanks.

The announcement came three days after Iran said it test-launched a rocket capable of carrying a satellite. Washington described the test-launch as a "provocative act".

A long-range, improved Sejil 2 missile is test-fired in the desert at an unknown location in Iran, in this Iranian military handout distributed by Fars news agency on December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Fars News/Handout
A long-range, improved Sejil 2 missile is test-fired in the desert
at an unknown location in Iran, in this Iranian military handout
distributed by Fars news agency on December 16, 2009.
REUTERS/Fars News/Handout


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