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Revolution: Iran unveils new cruise missile to mark 40th anniversary

SALIHU, Ayatullahi

 

During the celebration of Iran’s 40th years revolution anniversary, they announced the “successful test” of a new cruise missile with a range of over 1,350 kilometres, the state television reports.

“The test of the Hoveizeh cruise missile was carried out successfully at a range of 1,200 kilometres (840 miles) and accurately hit the set target,” Defence Minister Amir Hatami was quoted by saying after its launch.

“It can be ready in the shortest possible time and flies at a very low altitude,” he said describing the Hoveizeh as the “long arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran” in defending itself.

It is part of the Soumar group of cruise missile, first unveiled in 2015 with a range of 700km, according to the minister.

The Hoveizeh unveiling was part of an arms exhibition titled “40 years of defensive achievements” held in Tehran.

Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, said at the event Iran had overcome initial problems in producing jet engines for cruise missiles and could now manufacture a full range of the weapons.

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