x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

New ballistic missile system for Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Range of missile undisclosed but Iran says it was designed to be less easily detected than older models.

TEHRAN // Iran's military received a new ballistic missile system yesterday, which it said demonstrated the country's self-sufficiency in mass producing weaponry.

"The new surface-to-surface missiles, Qiyam [Resurrection] 1, were successfully tested and delivered to the armed forces today," Iran's state TV channel Al Alam said.

It did not disclose the range of the missile, delivered to the aerospace wing of the elite Revolutionary Guards, but said it was designed to be less easily detected than older models.

"The mass production of the Qiyam missile, the first without stabiliser fins, shows the Islamic Republic of Iran's self-sufficiency in producing various types of missiles," the defence minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

Iran is at loggerheads with major powers over its nuclear work, which it says is peaceful and intended solely for generating electricity but which Washington and its allies fear is aimed at making nuclear bombs.

Israel sees the potential of a nuclear armed Iran, which refuses to recognise the Jewish state and supports Hamas and Hizbollah, as a major threat and both it and Washington do not rule out military action to prevent such a scenario.

Iran has said it would respond to any such attack by targeting US interests and Israel.