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Iran: We'll launch missile into space

Islamic Republic's Space Agency says Kavoshgar-3 to be launched within next six months for research purposes

Dudi Cohen
Published: 10.07.09, 17:15 / Israel News

A project manager at Iran's Space Agency has announced that the county would be launching its third missile into space in the next sixth months, local news agencies reported Wednesday.


A previous model of the Kavoshgar-3 missile was used by Iran to launch a satellite into space in February.


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"The Kavoshgar-3 missile will be launched into space by the end of the Persian year (which ends on March 20) for the purpose of research," Mohammad Ibrahimi of the ISA was quoted as saying in honor of the Islamic Republic's space week.


"The missiles are of a range long enough to conduct research and different experiments and they can be used for scientific study."


In December of 2008 Iran launched the Kavoshgar-2 into space. Iran's space program was founded in 1998 and began to produce Shahab-4 ballistic missiles, sparking concern in the West regarding the country's ability to produce long-range missiles able to target Israel and much of Europe.


Since then, according to reports, Iran has abandoned the Shahab-4 and began to focus on its Shahab-3 missiles, said to have a longer range. Its leadership continues to claim the space program, like its nuclear program, is intended solely for peaceful purposes.


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