The Syrian army fired at least two Iranian-made, short-range ballistic missiles at rebel strongholds this week, US military officials have told CNN.
According to Friday's report, the Fateh A-110 missiles are more accurate than the older Scud variants that Syrian government forces have used in recent weeks. Iran
has not commented on the issue.
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced in August that the Islamic Republic had successfully test-fired a fourth generation Fateh 110 missile. He did not say when and where the test was conducted.
According to reports, the missile is used by the Hezbollah
organization in Lebanon.
The Fathe-110 is a surface-to-surface medium-range missile, whose range has been improved – according to the Iranian defense minister – to more than 300 kilometers (185 miles). He said defense ministry experts improved the ability of the missile, which could previously travel 200-250 kilometers.
"Iran's Armed Forces can use the Fateh-110 missile to hit and destroy ground and sea targets, missile sites, arms cache, radars and other targets," the minister was quoted by Iran's Press TV as saying.
He emphasized that Iran was among the few countries in the world capable of producing this type of missile.
“Iran's capabilities are defensive and will only be used against aggressive countries and those who threaten our country’s interests and territorial integrity," Vahidi pointed out.
"The pinpoint capability in all weather conditions, longer durability, longer durability in standby position after being deployed on the launch pad, lower time for pre-launch or launch-time tests, shorter firing and takeoff time are among the key capabilities of the missile," Vahidi told the Fars news agency.