Iran mass producing anti-ship missiles

The ballistic missile can travel at more than three times the speed of sound.

Tehran: Iran is mass producing a ballistic missile which can travel at more than three times the speed of sound and hit targets on the high seas, a top commander said on Monday.

Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, who heads the elite military force, the Revolutionary Guards, said the missile had a range of 300 kilometres.

"Iran is mass producing a smart ballistic missile for sea targets with a speed three times more than the speed of sound," Jafari was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

He said the missile was "undetectable and can`t be neutralised by enemies”, without specifying the name. "It has very high precision in destroying targets," Jafari added.

"As the enemy`s threats will likely come from the sea, air and by missiles, the Guards have been equipped with capabilities to neutralise the enemy`s advanced technology," he said, according to another Iranian news agency, ISNA.

Iran`s missile and space programmes have sparked concern in the West that such advanced technologies, combined with the nuclear know-how which the nation is acquiring, may enable Tehran to produce an atomic weapon.

Tehran denies its nuclear programme has military aims.

Jafari`s remarks come as Iran holds celebrations to mark the 32nd anniversary of its Islamic revolution which toppled the US-backed shah.

Iran uses the run-up to the February 11 anniversary to tout its scientific and technological achievements.