Iran Builds New Longer-Range Missile

A03553963.jpgIran has built a new longer-range missile named “Ashura” with a range of 2,000 kilometers, (1,240 miles), the defense minister announced on Tuesday. “The construction of the Ashura missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers is one of the accomplishments of the ministry of defense,” Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said.

The missile is named after the holy Ashura mourning ceremony that marks the death of Shiite imam Hossein.

Iran in September unveiled a missile labeled Ghadr-1 (Power) with a range of 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles).

He also said a new Iranian-built submarine would be delivered to the navy on Wednesday.

The minister did not give further details about either of the two new military items.

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari had said on Saturday his force would take delivery of a new submarine this week ahead of military maneuvers planned for February in the Strait of Hormuz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway.

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