TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it test fired Monday medium-range surface-to-air missiles designed to knock attacking aircraft out of the sky at a range of 50 kilometers.
The test of the new defense system, called Ra’ad (Thunder), was successful, according to a statement published on the Guard’s official Sepahnews website.
The Taer-2 missiles used in the Ra’ad system are domestically made and “more advanced” than the Russian-made Buk family of anti-air missiles, the Fars news agency reported. Examples of the missile were displayed at a military parade in Tehran Friday, it said.
Iran has been talking up its military might, to counter bellicose rhetoric from its arch-foe Israel, which is threatening airstrikes on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 25, 2012, on page 9.