Iran launches production of new advanced cannon

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 27, 2006 14:52

 
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Iran launched production of its most advanced cannon on Wednesday, state television reported. "The cannon Fajr-27 has the capability of automatically firing 85 76-milimeter bullets per minute," Gen. Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, Iran's defense minister, told the broadcast. He said the cannon has an aerial range of 7,010 meters (23,000 feet) and a 17-kilometer (10.5-mile) surface range. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers and missiles. In 2005, the government said that it had begun producing torpedoes.

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