Iran missile may be more advanced

May 21, 2009 at 8:39 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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A missile test-fired in Iran is the longest-range weapon of its type to be launched by the Islamic Republic, U.S. officials confirm. The solid-propellant missile has a range of 1200 to 1500 miles, meaning that Israel, U.S. bases in the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe are within Iran’s striking distance.

Unlike liquid-propelled rockets, solid-propelled rockets can be fueled in advance and moved or hidden in silos, enabling the owner to defy preemptive strikes. Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed on Wednesday that the test was “successful,” but noted that technical issues continue to plague Tehran‘s weaponry.

The presence of advanced long-range missiles in Iran may fortify arguments for American-supported anti-missile defenses in Israel. Speaking before a stadium audience in the province where the missile launched, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held no punches:

“Iran will send enemies to hell before they strike… Iranian people are so powerful now. If a bullet wants to be shot toward it, Iran will destroy the base and all its members before they shoot.”

The launch is an attempt to show the Iranian people that there defenses or military is strong. Strong military while the economy is destroyed. Unfortunately the poor have gotten poorer and the rich have gotten richer in Iran the last 3 years. Their economy has failed and inflation is at a high.

Iran’s launch comes less than a month before Iran’s presidential election and just two days after President Barack Obama declared a readiness to seek deeper international sanctions against Tehran if it did not respond positively to U.S. attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. Obama said earlier this week that Tehran had until the end of the year to show it wanted to engage with Washington.

But both U.S. government officials and independent American missile experts said Wednesday that the Iranian missile itself did not appear to be a new model.

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