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Iran unveils new short-range missiles, drones

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seated left, listens to an official during his visit at an aerospace exhibition in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, May 11, 2014. (AP/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

TEHRAN: Iran has produced a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

The report said the Ghadir missile, with a range of 100 kilometers, is designed to destroy marine targets. It did not give a range for the Nasr-e Basir cruise missile, but said it could "operate in silence," without elaborating.

Iran has unveiled two new drones, the high-altitude Karrar-4 and the Mohajer-4. The latter can be used to generate maps for both military and civilian purposes, IRNA said.

The report said President Hassan Rouhani attended a ceremony marking the inauguration.

Tehran regularly announces military advances that cannot be independently verified.

Iran launched a homegrown defense industry in 1992 that produces light and heavy weapons ranging from mortars to tanks and submarines. It has surface-to-surface missiles with a range of about 2,000 kilometers, enough to reach Israel and U.S. military bases in the region.

 

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