Iran says to unveil array of weapons next week

Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi on Tuesday said that Iran will unveil next week an array of weapons, including missiles, speedboats and a long range drone, the ISNA news agency reported.

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2010, 19:16 PM IST

Tehran: Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi on Tuesday
said that Iran will unveil next week an array of weapons,
including missiles, speedboats and a long range drone, the
ISNA news agency reported.

Two missiles, Qiam (Rising) and the third generation
Fateh 110 (Conqueror) would be tested next week when Iran
marks the annual government week, Vahidi said in reference to
the Iranian week which starts on Saturday.
Iran will also unveil the long-range drone, Karar, he
said using the nickname of revered Shiite Imam Ali.

On Sunday Iran launches its annual government week which
runs until August 30 and is an occasion to showcase Tehran`s
achievements.

Iran has previously paraded a version of Fateh 110 which
has a travel range of 150 to 200 kilometres, but the range of
the surface-to-surface Qiam missile was not reported by ISNA
today.

Vahidi said production lines of two missile-carrying
speedboats, Seraj (Lamp) and Zolfaqar (named after Imam Ali`s
sword) would also be opened next week.

Vahidi said the unveiling of these weapons indicate that
"sanctions have had no impact on us, but made us more
experienced and self-sufficient."

Iranian officials regularly boast about the Islamic
republic`s military capabilities and Vahidi`s announcements
come at a time when local officials have been warning against
any attack on the Islamic republic.
Tehran`s arch-foes, the United States and Israel have not
ruled out a military strike against Iran to stop its
controversial nuclear programme.

Last week a top commander from the Revolutionary Guards
said Iran will mass produce replicas of the Bladerunner 51,
often described as the world`s fastest boat, and equip them
with weapons to be deployed in the Gulf.

Also on August 8, Iran took delivery of four new
mini-submarines of the home-produced Ghadir class. Weighing
120 tonnes, the "stealth" submarines are aimed at operations
in shallow waters, notably in the Gulf.

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