Saturday, June 6, 2009

Iran to produce new air defense missile

Another day, another Iranian missile. However, it is clearly not a "missile defense system as Jerusalem post claims, but an anti-aircraft missile. The question is not how fast it can travel, but whether or not its radar homing system can be foiled by Israeli countermeasures.
Iran announces missile defense system
Jun. 6, 2009 Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
Iran has started the production of a new ground-to-air missile system that is able to hit enemy aircraft at supersonic speed, Iranian media reported on Saturday.
"The range of this defense system (missile) is more than 40 km and it is able to pursue and hit the enemy's airplanes and helicopters on a smart basis and at supersonic speed," Iran's Fars News Agency quoted Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar as saying.
According to Reuters, Iranian media reported that the production of the Shahin (hawk) missile defense system was one of the "most important and complex projects" undertaken by the country's defense industry since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Iran's Press TV said all parts of the Shahin missile were produced in the country, which is under UN and US sanctions over its disputed nuclear program.
The announcement, which could be seen as an attempt by Teheran to deter Israel from striking Iran's nuclear facilities, comes less then a week before the country's June 12 elections.

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