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Iran to Equip Armed Forces with New High-Precision Missiles

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Sunday that the country's Armed Forces will soon be equipped with the third generation of high-precision Fateh missiles.

"We will inaugurate a series of projects in different fields on the occasion of the 'Week of Sacred Defense', including the delivery of the third generation of Fateh missiles (to the Armed Forces) as we have previously pledged," Vahidi said, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting here in Tehran today.

September 22-29 has been marked in Iran as the Week of Sacred Defense to commemorate the Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.

Last month, Iran announced that the country has successfully test-fired the third generation of Fateh-110 missiles.

The Fateh-110 is a short-range, road-mobile, solid-propellant, high-precision ballistic missile with advanced navigation and control systems.

The Fateh-110 has been designed and developed by the Iranian experts in the Defense Ministry's Aerospace Organization and has not been modeled on any foreign product.

The Iranian defense ministry has made great achievements in designing and producing missiles, including the surface-to-surface solid-fuel Sejjil missiles, the long-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile which has a range of up to 2,000 km, and Zelzal and Fateh missiles.

The new test came days after Iran test-fired a new type surface to surface, cruise missile, named Qiam 1.

Iran has been pushing an arms development program in recent years in a bid to reach self-sufficiency. Tehran launched its arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own jet fighters and armored vehicles as well as radar-avoiding missiles and other high-tech weapons.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

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