Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Iran Builds New Missile, Submarine

The New Ghadir-class Submarine

The Iranian military reported it has manufactured a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles). At this range, the new missile, called Ashura, would be capable of reaching US bases in the Middle East as well as Israel.

The military also reported it has manufactured a Ghadir-class submarine which will be delivered to the navy tomorrow. The light submarine will be capable of rapid maneuvers at high speed and is fitted with the latest electronics and communications gears, the navy claims.

The navy is planning to conduct war games next February in the Straits of Hormuz, the entrance to the Persian Gulf.

Ashura is the newest in Iran’s ballistic missile inventory. In September, Iran test-fired Ghadr-1, a missile with 1,800 km (1,100 miles) range.

1 comment:

Mark Pyruz said...

In viewing the latest Tehran Military Day parade on Utube, there appeared a selection of (presumably) Iranian built midget submarines.

I realize details are hard to come by, Nader, but any additional information on these two new weapons systems would be appreciated. Also, if you know the specific port for the Ghadir-class submarine, it can be looked into using Google earth imagery.