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Iran producing ballistic missiles capable of hitting moving marine targets: Top general

The 'Khordad 15' system launches a missile during a joint air defense drill in central Iran on December 31, 2022. (File photo by Tasnim news agency)

Iran’s top general says the country is now capable of producing ballistic missiles capable of destroying moving marine targets.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said, “This missile has been successfully tested and its mass production has started.”

“After production of this missile, Iran will be among the three countries possessing the [technical] know-how to make such missiles,” the general said.

He added that the new ballistic missile can hit its target with a speed of Mach 8 and with a final range of 1,500 kilometers and is capable of delivering precision strikes.

“From now on, invading airplane carriers and [foreign] fleet will not be safe at a distance of 1,500 kilometers of our shores and this is an achievement reached by our elite youths,” Baqeri said.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made substantial headway in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

Iranian officials have repeatedly warned that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, saying the Islamic Republic’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.

Back in November, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Aerospace Division, Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, said Iran possesses global-level drone power and is now a pioneer in missile technology.

He added that Iran stands on par with global powers in terms of unmanned aerial vehicles, and its achievements in this field have challenged the world’s powerful armies.

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