TEHRAN: Iran yesterday unveiled two new missiles and two new drones it said have been added to its arsenal, in a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rowhani.
The Ghadir (Mighty), with a range of 300km, is a ground-to-sea and sea-to-sea missile, the official IRNA news agency said. It is in the same family as the Ghader or Qader cruise missile, which has a range of 200km.
The other missile unveiled — the Nasr-e Basir (Clear Victory) — is equipped with a seeker homing head. Its range was not given. The new Karar-4 (Striker) drone can track and monitor enemy aircraft, the agency said, while the Mohajer-4 (Migrant) drone is designed to perform photographic and mapping missions.
Iran has developed a major missile programme in addition to producing different types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, including attack drones.
The United States, whose Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain across the Gulf from the mainly Shia Islamic republic, has repeatedly expressed concern about these two programmes.
Rowhani yesterday sought to allay such fears. “Iran has no intention to interfere in, dominate or attack other countries or plunder their resources,” he said in a speech broadcast on state television, adding that the country’s military doctrine was defensive.
In May, Iran said it had succeeded in copying an American RQ-170 Sentinel drone that it forced down and recovered nearly intact in December 2011.
Tehran is engaged in negotiations with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany on securing an agreement with world powers on its controversial nuclear programme.