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Iran Tests Missile with New Guidance System

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 file photo released by the Iranian Fars News Agency, a surface-to-surface missile is launched during an Iranian Revolutionary Guard maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran.In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 file photo released by the Iranian Fars News Agency, a surface-to-surface missile is launched during an Iranian Revolutionary Guard maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran.
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In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 file photo released by the Iranian Fars News Agency, a surface-to-surface missile is launched during an Iranian Revolutionary Guard maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran.
In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 file photo released by the Iranian Fars News Agency, a surface-to-surface missile is launched during an Iranian Revolutionary Guard maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran.
Edward Yeranian
CAIRO — Iran's defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi, says that Tehran has tested a new version of its Fateh 110 short-range missile. He claims the newer missile can hit "enemy" targets in neighboring countries, and targets at sea in the Persian Gulf. Lebanon's Hezbollah reportedly has stockpiles of an earlier version of the missile.

The reported test of the Iranian short-range missile with a new guidance system was announced on government TV Saturday, accompanied by video of rockets being launched. It was impossible to verify if the rocket launch video is recent or from archives.

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi described the upgraded missiles at a press conference, lauding his country's technological prowess:

He stresses that the specificity of this missile is its ability to hit targets with precision. He also praises Iran's talented scientists and home-grown defense industry.

Iran's Fars News Agency reported that the new version of the Fateh 110 missile has a range of about 300 kilometers and can carry a 250 kilogram warhead. The short-range surface-to-surface Fateh missile uses solid fuel and has an improved guidance system to increase accuracy.

Defense Minister Vahidi said that the fourth-generation missile was designed to “target and destroy land and sea targets, enemy command and control centers, as well as missile launch pads, weapons depots, radar bases etc.”

The Israeli press reported that Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group possesses a large stockpile of an earlier version of the Fateh 110 missile.

Analyst Alex Vatanka of the Middle East Institute notes that the upgraded short-range missile, along with a host of other recent Iranian military developments, is intended to dissuade potential enemies from attacking:

"These military-related steps, war games, launching of new missiles, are meant to act as a deterrent, both against the United States and the West in general, but also towards Iran's immediate Arab neighbors," he said.

Vatanka argues that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, does not appear to take the prospect of an outside attack on his country seriously, nor is he extremely worried about the prospect of new sanctions. “The [ongoing] process of brinkmanship,” he says, “[prompts] Iran to flex its military muscle on a periodic basis, and I'm sure it will continue.”

The West suspects Iran wants to build nuclear weapons although Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.  However Iranian officials have in the past threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

The former head of Israel's Mossad spy agency told the New York Times several days ago that if he were Iranian, he “would be fearful of the next 12 weeks,” alluding to a possible attack on Tehran's nuclear facilities.

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by: malhasan from: california
August 05, 2012 4:20 PM
This is a purely religious war and it tells you how arrogants and stupid is the majority of human race all going for an ego implaneted in their mind called (mine) and all it is nothing but morality value turning into a monsterous idiolgy. Go for it idiots and attack each other

by: Brian from: USA
August 05, 2012 4:31 AM
It would go against American values to attack a nation that does not threaten us.
How did people who don't hold American values capture control of our government, in both major parties ?
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by: Stu from: USA
August 05, 2012 12:05 PM
But Iran has repeatedly threaten us and many others. They are huge supporters and creators of terrorist sundry terrorist infrastructure around the world on an ongoing basis. Their goal is to rule the world with imposed sharia law. Now they are on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons and already have the means of delivering them.That's enough to attack them for me.

by: George pavlakis from: Las Vegas NV USA
August 05, 2012 3:22 AM
I have two Question to ask"
What the chief scientist of Pakistans nuclear weapon was doing in IRAN from 2004 to 2009??
And after he was arrested in pakistan for stealing all the Nuclear weaposnsd Plans. he is in prison now in Pakistan.
What the 15 North Korean missiles scientist was doing in IRAN from 2005 to 2010??
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by: iran from: western azerbaijan iran
August 08, 2012 5:21 PM
Stu , Please read and find out who threatens whom? If you need any history background please let me know! and George Also any nuclear scientist or missile scinetist has every right to visit Iran and any where! does usa have no nuclera or missile scientists?

by: ahmad from: babolhavaeji
August 04, 2012 10:19 PM
hi my iranian brothers in voice of america...... i feel so sorry for you because i feel that you think shah is coming back,,,, ha ha ha
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by: Anonymous
August 05, 2012 12:04 AM
What made you think VOA guys want shah back. Dont you know Shah is dead for decades now?!

by: Anonymous
August 04, 2012 5:34 PM
Iran has every right to defend itself. Unlike Israel and the United States, it has never occupied another land. If Israel and the United States are truly concerned about stability in the Middle East, then they should start dismantling the Israeli nuclear arsenal (200+ warheads strong) and relinquish control of occupied lands.
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by: iran from: Western Azerbaijan Iran
August 08, 2012 8:17 AM
I agree! It is astonishing why these countries have got in for Iran? I am saying this regardless of the other issues such as the rgime etc. Nuclear energy and self defence is Iran's right and I do not see any reason why isreal is more responsible than Iran? THEY JUST WANT TO SHUT DOWN PROGRESS IN IRAN.
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by: cool hand luke from: usa
August 04, 2012 10:03 PM
Don't forget, your drone can't fly.

by: Iranian from: Iran
August 04, 2012 3:54 PM
We are not going down easily, we'll drag you along down with us, I can assure you...
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by: Anonymous
August 06, 2012 5:27 PM
Fuuny, last I checked, Iran has had civilization for more than 8,000 years. USA, 200.
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by: Stu from: USA
August 05, 2012 12:19 PM
I wouldn't be so sure of that statement if I were you. In reality, if there was a conflict, odds are that you would be destroyed with relatively little damage to the rest of civilization. Your leaders should ponder that likely eventuality if they are smart, but I don't think they govern by "smarts" over there. By the way, are you really happy with the results of your revolution in Iran? Are you satisfied with a woman's fate when she gets raped? Does it gladden you when your government imposes its sick variety of sharia law on your people? Well, whatever your answers (I would desire to know the answers), the rest of the civilized world wants no part of that way of life!

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 04, 2012 2:40 PM
Not only Iran is to suffer for this audacity but with its allies, whoever they may be. Iran can carry on military drill to eternity and boast of all sorts of nothing, but when the chips are down, Tehran will find out that it is wrong. The war to come is not a war of weapons only, it is also a war of strategies, and Hezbollah and Hamas will be useless when it starts, though for now they seem a veritable threat. But the world should not wait until the suicidal Iranian regime implements a nuclear warhead whose detonation will take more than just all of the Middle East but will decimate Europe and Africa, if not more. For it has been said that a nuclear war is not a war that has a winner, only losers. BUT IRAN IS SUICIDAL!
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by: Proud African
August 05, 2012 12:31 AM
Africans like you are the reason Africa was colonized. You are the definition of "Uncle Tom". It's funny how you defend people who think so poorly of Africa. Africa is ashamed of you.

by: Anonymous
August 04, 2012 1:23 PM
I can forsee in the near future Iran being flattened, and everyone chanting to Iran about their nuclear issue "We Told You So...".

by: Bob from: Over there
August 04, 2012 1:05 PM
Iran, is going to get its ass kicked as always. happy hunting Mossad. :)

by: Michael from: USA
August 04, 2012 10:06 AM
Why do we have to have shown to us missles to know their power? We can have ideas about missles through other channels such as the implications for Israel's future. Passion for missle tests suggest some intended targets. But the missles do not exist because their essence is lost in the vast sea of missles around the world
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