Iran's paramilitary gets new surface-to-surface missile

Iranian defense minister says Revolutionary Guard has received first batch of missiles with enhanced guidance systems to hit ground targets.

September 21, 2010 11:15
This photo released on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, by the Iranian Defense Ministry, claims to show the la

Iran missile. (photo credit: AP Photo/Iranian Defense Ministry,Vahid Reza Alaei)

TEHERAN, Iran — Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said Tuesday that the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard had received its first batch of new missiles with enhanced guidance systems to hit ground targets.

Vahidi said the Defense Ministry supplied the Guard with the upgraded surface-to-surface Fateh-110 missile, which was successfully test-fired last month.

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The weapon was developed by Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization.

Iran has been pushing to upgrade its missile arsenal, which already can target Israel and other parts of the region.

Vahidi said Iran will further develop the Fateh-110, however he gave no details of the missile's capabilities but noted that earlier versions could strike targets up to 120 miles (193 kilometers) away.

Vahidi's remarks were published Tuesday on the state TV's website.

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