Iran unveils new short-range missile

Iran revealed a new missile good for short-range targets on the backdrop of a heated diplomatic atmosphere. 

By: World Israel News Staff

Iran unveiled its new short-range Fateh-e Mobin (Bright Conqueror) missile, inaugurated in the presence of Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier-General Amir Hatami on Monday.

“As I promised our fellow Iranians, we spare no attempts to elevate the defense power of the country,” Hatami stated, according to IRNA.

Developed by the aerospace department of Iran’s Ministry of Defense, Hatami described the projectile as “an agile, radar-evading and tactical missile with pinpoint accuracy” that “has been fully designed by the local experts and successfully test-fired.”

Mass-production of the new missile will “help Iran make major strides in boosting its defense capabilities and deterrent power,” the general added, Tasnim News reported.

“The more intense are sanctions, pressures, smear campaigns, and psychological warfare against the great nation of Iran, the greater will become our will to enhance our defensive power in all areas,” Hatami said, according to Iran’s Press TV.

The unveiling of the missile came just days after the Iranian military illicitly test-fired a Fateh ballistic missile, the first such test in 2018, Fox News reported Saturday.

Iran’s testing of the Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile last week from an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) base in Bandar-e-Jask in the south of the country was detected by US spy satellites, the report said.

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According to officials quoted in the report, the anti-ship Fateh-110 Mod 3 flew over 100 miles on a flight path over the Strait of Hormuz to a test range in the Iranian desert.

This test appears to be a breach of two United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

One day after Tehran and six world powers signed the nuclear accord in 2015, the UN passed resolution 2231, which compels Iran to refrain from any work on ballistic missiles for eight years. UN Security Council Resolution 1929 was passed in 2010 and bans Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests.

Iran claims its military development is for defense purposes only. However, many of these weapons were given to the Hezbollah terror organization and used against Israel’s civilian population during the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.

Iran has repeatedly threatened to use its missiles against Israel.