Ahmad Vahidi
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Iran tests upgraded version of short-range missile

Upgraded 300km-range missile is most accurate weapon in Iran's arsenal, defense minister says

Iran claims it has successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a short-range ballistic missile.


Iranian Defense Minister Genenral Ahmad Vahidi says the solid-fueled Fateh-110 has a range of 300 kilometers (185 miles). He claims it can pin-point targets at sea, making it the most accurate weapon of its kind in Iran's arsenal.


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The general did not specify where or when the missile test took place. Past reports placed the ballistic missile in the possession of Hezbollah in Lebanon.


Iran has been pushing to upgrade its missiles, which already can target Israel and other parts of the region. Officials say that they are focusing on missiles that can strike naval targets.


The Fateh-110, or Conqueror, is a single-stage solid-propellant, surface-to-surface missile put into service in 2002. The earlier version of the domestically-produced missile had a range of 200 kilometers.


Vahidi's comments were reported by state TV Saturday. The weapon was developed by Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization.


Dudi Cohen contributed to the report




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