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Iran to unveil Qader, Ya Zahra III missile systems
Iran’s week-long drills dubbed <i>Defenders of the Velayat Skies 4</i> tests several indigenous missile systems. (File photo)
Iran’s week-long drills dubbed Defenders of the Velayat Skies 4 tests several indigenous missile systems. (File photo)
Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:27PM
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A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic plans to unveil two indigenous missile systems during the week-long maneuvers in the east of the country.

Speaking on the sidelines of the exercise code-named Modafe'an-e Aseman-e Velayat 4 (Defenders of the Velayat Skies 4) on Tuesday, Commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base said the domestically manufactured missile systems Qader (Mighty) and Ya Zahra III will be unveiled during the massive drills.

The Qader missile system is characterized by high speed of deployment, installation and firing, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili stated, noting that the system can be moved, installed and start firing missiles in less than 30 minutes.

Esmaili further described the Ya Zahra 3 system as “designed and manufactured in a short time to meet domestic needs,” adding that the movable system allows installation in various climatic and geological conditions.

Iran has held several major defense drills in recent months amid mounting war threats made against the country by Israel and the United States.

However, the Islamic Republic has repeatedly stated that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

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