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Iran tests new anti-air missile defense: Guard
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A Sajjil missile is displayed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, in front of a portrait of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during a military parade commemorating the start of the Iraq-Iran war 32 years ago, in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
A Sajjil missile is displayed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, in front of a portrait of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during a military parade commemorating the start of the Iraq-Iran war 32 years ago, in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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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.
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