Iran test-fires homemade missiles
Iran has successfully test-fired and inaugurated two new domestically-made air defense systems, named Mersad and Shahin, a senior Iranian general announces.
“The primary samples of the Mersad and Shahin missiles have been delivered to the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base and are currently being tested and [will be] inaugurated,” base commander General Farzad Esmaili told IRNA on Sunday.
He added that the Mersad missile has been successfully test-fired and submitted to the base by Iran's defense industry.
“Mersad and Shahin missiles have joined the country's air defense system,” the general stated.
He added that Iran's radar system has been optimized and is currently in a “very suitable” condition.
Esmaili had earlier announced that the Mersad air defense system is capable of hitting targets up to 150 kilometers away, adding that the system fired two Shahin missiles that hit their designated targets.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
In January, Iran successfully test-fired the mid-range, surface-to-air Hawk missile and the Iranian Defense Ministry delivered new cruise missile systems to the Navy.
The systems, designed and manufactured by Iranian experts, are capable of spotting and destroying different targets at sea.
Iran also unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2010.http://presstv.com/detail/184333.html