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Iran claims Zolfaghar missile has 700 km range

28 September 2016
The Iranian Ministry of Defence (MoD) released this photograph of a missile labelled as a Zolfaghar being launched, but this missile is different from the Zolfaghars displayed during the 25 September ceremony. The MoD also released video footage showing what was said to be a Zolfaghar being launched and hitting a target, but it could not be determined whether the missile was the same as the ones seen in the ceremony. Source: Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics

A Zolfaghar is seen on a launcher during the 25 September ceremony. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics)A Zolfaghar is seen on a launcher during the 25 September ceremony. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics)

Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan claimed that the new Zolfaghar (Zulfiqar) ballistic missile has a range of 700 km during a 25 September ceremony that inaugurated the weapon's production line.

Unveiled for the first time during a military parade four days earlier, the Zolfaghar is a new version of the Fateh-110 family of solid-fuel tactical ballistic missiles that reportedly uses a submunitions warhead.

The missile that was labelled as a Zolfaghar in the parade appeared to be different from the ones that were displayed during the 25 September ceremony.

The Ministry of Defence also released video footage purportedly showing a Zolfaghar being launched and hitting a small target. The projectile appeared to approach the target at a low trajectory for a ballistic missile and destroy it using a small unitary warhead.

Dehghan told parliament on the same day that production of Sejil, Ghadir, and Khorramshahr missiles would begin before the end of the Persian year in March 2017.

The Sejil is a solid-fuel medium-range ballistic missile that the Iranians said would go into production after the second test was announced in 2009, although the type has rarely been seen since then. Iran announced in March 2015 that the Ghadir long-range anti-ship missile had entered mass production. Iranian officials do not appear to have previously referred to the Khorramshahr missile.

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