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Iran Unveils Upgraded Short-Range Missile

Touts 1D-110 missile as "one of the most precise and advanced ground-to-ground ballistic missiles with solid fuel."
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/21/2012, 12:44 PM

Iran tests new medium-range missile
Iran tests new medium-range missile
Iranian government

Iran unveiled an enhanced fourth generation version of its self-produced surface-to-surface Fateh (Victory) 1D-110 missile Tuesday, on the occasion of its national Defense Industry Day. The missile does not have the range for striking Israel.

Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said during the ceremony that the missile "is one of the most precise and advanced ground-to-ground ballistic missiles with solid fuel and has played an influential role in enhancing the defensive prowess of the Islamic Republic over the past decade.”

The official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported the unveiling of the missile, along with five other military products, and added that "Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence."

Iran successfully test-fired the new version of the Fateh 110 on August 4.

Brigadier General Vahidi was quoted at the time in IRNA as saying that the fourth generation Fateh-110 has a range of 300 km, and can hit targets with pin-point accuracy. The armed forces will be able to hit and destroy land and naval targets, the gathering points of enemy forces, command posts, missile sites, munitions depots, radar systems, and other targets with pinpoint precision," he said.

The Fateh 110 is a single-stage solid-propellant, short-range ballistic missile, designed to replace the Iranian Army's aging Scud weapon systems.

Iran also possesses a broad range of missiles, including a Shahab-3 variant with a range of 2,000 km.