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Iran unveils Soumar long-range cruise missile

Iran unveils new domestically-built long-range Soumar missiles during a ceremony in Tehran on March 8, 2015.

Iran has unveiled a new long-range land-to-land cruise missile, named Soumar, which has been designed and manufactured by domestic experts.

The new state-of-the-art high-precision missile was unveiled during a Sunday ceremony in Tehran with senior Iranian officials, including Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, in attendance.

During the ceremony, Deqhan (pictured below) said Soumar “enjoys different characteristics in terms of range and pinpoint accuracy in comparison with the previous products.”

Such important achievements, which have been made through research and innovation based on the needs of Iranian Armed Forces, are “considered as crucial steps toward increasing the country’s defense and deterrence might,” Dehqan added.

The Iranian defense chief stressed that Tehran aims to promote the range, precision and destructive power of such type of missiles in the upgraded versions, which are to be unveiled in the next Iranian calendar year (starting on March 21).

Dehqan also announced that the long-range ballistic missiles of Qadr and Qiam have been delivered in mass to the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

During the occasion, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh hailed Iran’s great defense capabilities, adding that Western sanctions have failed to disrupt the progress of the Islamic Republic’s defense program.

Hajizadeh also warned that Terhan will never put to negotiation the country’s defense capabilities, including the development of its ballistic missiles.

On Saturday, a senior Iranian commander said the country is to unveil a long-range missile defense system, connected to the S-200 missile system.

According to Iran's Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the Talaash-3 (Endeavor-3) system is to be unveiled on April 18, when the country marks National Army Day.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and reached self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iran has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other states, insisting that the country’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.


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