Iran test-fires surface-to-sea missile
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Iran test-fires surface-to-sea missile

Iran said it has tested a second new radar-avoiding missile, the latest weapon to be unveiled during war games in the Gulf.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 16:26 IST

Iran said on Tuesday it has tested a second new radar-avoiding missile, the latest weapon to be unveiled during war games in the Gulf that the military says are aimed at preparing the country's defences against the United States.

The new surface-to-sea missile is equipped with remote-control and searching systems, the state-run television reported on Tuesday.

It said the new missile, called Kowsar after the name of a river in paradise, was a medium-range weapon and that Iran had the capability to mass-produce it.

The chief of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Gen Yahya Rahim Safavi, watched the missile test, the TV said.

On Friday, the country tested the Fajr-3, a missile that it said can avoid radars and hit several targets simultaneously using multiple warheads.

Since the war games began on Friday, the country also has tested what it calls two new torpedoes.

The Revolutionary Guards, the elite branch of Iran's military, have been holding their manoeuvres - code-named the "Great Prophet" - since Friday, touting what they call domestically built technological advances in their armed forces.

But some experts say it appears some of the technology has come from other countries, possibly Russia, and some experts also have questioned just how radar-evading the missiles are.

It has not been possible to verify Iran's claims for the new armaments. But the country has made clear it aims to send a message of strength to the United States amid heightened tensions over Iran's nuclear program.

On Tuesday, state-run television also said the elite Revolutionary Guards had tested what it called a "super modern flying boat" capable of detecting radar. TV showed a brief clip of the boat's launch.

"Due to its advanced design, no radar at sea or in the air can detect it. It can lift out of the water," the television said.

It said the boat was "all Iranian-made and can launch missiles with precise targeting while moving."

First Published: Apr 04, 2006 16:26 IST