TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran plans to produce a new generation of air-launched missiles that are more precise, lighter and have longer ranges, a defense ministry official said.
“The range of air-launched missiles in the new generation will reach 300 kilometers,” Director of Iran’s Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Organization Brigadier General Mehdi Farahi said in an article presented at a conference on air-launched weaponry, here in Tehran on Tuesday.
He also noted that Iranian experts succeeded to design and produce air-launched missiles within a span of 1 and a half years.
In the field of air-launched missiles a roadmap has been devised that focuses on production of light, long-range and smart missiles, said Farahi, who talked of plans to increase the range of the new generation of such missiles to 300 kilometers.
On Wednesday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan unveiled the air-launched version of two indigenous cruise missiles, Qader (Capable) and Nasr (Victory), to be mounted on fighter jets.
The two home-made missiles had been originally designed and mass-produced as anti-ship cruise missiles.
“After designing and mass producing Qader and Nasr anti-ship cruise missiles, the adroit and skillful specialists of the defense ministry’s aerospace organization managed to design and produce the air-launched versions of these missiles with exemplary creativity and innovation,” the minister explained at the time.
The air-launched versions of Qader and Nasr missiles are able to hit targets within a range of 200 km and 35 km, respectively.
The main features of the new missiles are quick preparation capability, usefulness in low-altitude flights, high precision in hitting targets, particularly naval vessels, great destructive power and high resistance to radio disruption tactics.
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