Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Iran's new missiles

Iran announced Wednesday it has successfully test fired an upgraded version of its longest-range, solid-fuel missile which it said is faster and harder to shoot down.

State television broke the news in a one-sentence report accompanied by a brief clip of the test.

Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi later spoke on television, describing the Sajjil-2 as a high-speed, surface-to-surface missile that would serve as a "strong deterrent" against any possible foreign attack.

"Given its high speed," he said, "it is impossible to destroy the missile with anti-missile systems because of its radar-evading ability."

The Sajjil-2 is a two-stage missile with a range of about 1,200 miles. That range places Israel, Iran's sworn enemy, well within reach and reaches as far away as southeastern Europe with greater precision than earlier models.

Iran (Israel's "sworn enemy") is developing both nuclear weapons and a "long-range" "radar-evading" delivery system that "places Israel . . . well within reach".

If you were part of the Israeli defense establishment, wouldn't you recommend preemptive action?

No one should be surprised if that eventually happens.

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