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Photos: Iran launches short-range cruise missile production line

03/07/10 Source: Mehr News Agency; photos by Vahid-Reza Alaei

The Defense Ministry inaugurated on Sunday the production line of a short-range cruise missile dubbed Nasr 1 (Victory 1). The Nasr 1 missile is capable of destroying 3000-ton boats, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told reporters during the inauguration ceremony.

The missile can be launched from both land and gunboats, Vahidi said, adding that it would eventually be modified to be fired from helicopters and submarines in the future.

He also said the missile would help strengthen Iran's naval power.

Iran began a military self-sufficiency program in 1992, under which it produces a large range of weapons, including tanks, medium range missiles, jet fighters and torpedoes.

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