Tehran threatens Ankara with new missile system
A top Iranian army commander says they produce an anti-radar missile that can strike any source of radar, in a reference to NATOs radar system in Turkey, as the country steps up for the Great Prophet 7 war games
Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi (R) accompanies President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his departure ceremony in this 2009 photo.
Iran has produced an anti-radar missile that can strike any source of radar, a top Iranian army official has said, in a reference to the NATO radar system in Malatya, as Iran began war games to demonstrate its military might.
Revolutionary Guards Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the message of the maneuvers, dubbed The Great Prophet 7, was to adventurist nations in the region and the West, and that Iran would respond to any possible evil in a strong and crushing way.
He said the maneuvers were aimed at assessing the accuracy and effectiveness of warheads and systems. According to Hajizadeh, the drill, which will include short, medium, and long-range missiles of a variety of models, is being held as part of the Iranian Air Forces annual exercises. The announcement coincides with the beginning of an EU oil embargo meant to put pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.
Draft bill to block Hormuz
The general also said Iran had produced an anti-radar missile called Arm that can hit any radar source. He said the weapon could travel at several times the speed of sound, had an estimated range of 300 kilometers, and could damage missile shields in Turkey and Gulf countries.
This radar was not built to ensure the security of that country, but to protect the Zionist regime. We have developed Arm to counter the air-defense radar, Hajizadeh said.
NATOs missile shield uses a U.S. warship carrying interceptors in the Mediterranean and a Turkey-based radar system under NATO command from Ramstein, Germany. Apart from Turkey, Spain, Romania and Poland have also agreed to host key U.S. missile-defense assets.
Meanwhile, Irans National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has drafted a bill calling for Iran to try to stop oil tankers from shipping crude through the Strait of Hormuz to countries that support sanctions against it, a committee member said yesterday.
There is a bill prepared in the National Security and Foreign Policy committee of Parliament that stresses the blocking of oil tanker traffic carrying oil to countries that have sanctioned Iran, Iranian MP Ibrahim Agha-Mohammadi was quoted by Irans parliamentary news agency as saying, according to Reuters. This bill has been developed as an answer to the European Unions oil sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.