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Iran Says It Tested New Anti-Air Missile Defense

Sep. 24, 2012 - 02:08PM   |  
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE   |   Comments
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TEHRAN — Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Sept. 24 that it test fired medium-range surface-to-air missiles designed to knock attacking aircraft out of the sky at a range of 50 kilometers (30 miles).

The test of the new defense system, called Ra'ad (Thunder), was successful, according to a statement published on the Guards' official Sepah news website.

The Taer-2 missiles used in the Ra'ad system are domestically made and “more advanced” than the Russian-made Buk family of anti-air missiles, the Fars news agency reported.

Examples of the missile were displayed at a military parade in Tehran on Sept. 21, it said.

Iran has been talking up its military might in recent weeks, to counter bellicose rhetoric from its arch-foe Israel, which is threatening possible airstrikes on the Islamic republic's nuclear facilities.

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