Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Iran Develops New Smart Bomb

The Iranian military has developed a new 2,000-pound optically guided smart bomb called Ghadr. The precision ordnance is a new version of Ghased, also a 2,000-pound smart bomb developed earlier this year.

Last August, Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) test-fired Ghased from its F-4 and F-5 fighter jets. The production line for 2000-pound bombs was also started in August.

[Please note Ghadr is the name of the new smart bomb, while Ghadr-1 is the name of an equally new ballistic misile with a range of 2,500 kilometer.]

In a related development, IRIAF inaugurated a new air base in Birjand, near Iran’s eastern border with Afghanistan.

“Inauguration of the airbase was aimed at responding to a possible strike swiftly and strongly if a strike or attack is launched against the country,” said Brig. Gen. Ahmad Mighani, IRIAF commander. Gen. Mighani was referring to a possible air attack by US Air Force on Iran from Afghanistan.

IRIAF currently has 12 bases mostly in Western regions of Iran.

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