Iran test fires surface-to-surface missile

Iran has test fired its home-built surface-to-surface Fateh 110 missile, state television reported today, less than a week after a similar test was carried out on another missile.

Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 16:53 PM IST

Tehran: Iran has test fired its
home-built surface-to-surface Fateh 110 missile, state
television reported today, less than a week after a similar
test was carried out on another missile.

State television showed a sand-coloured missile being
launched from a vehicle and blasting into the sky from a
desert terrain, leaving behind a thick plume of smoke. It did
not say when the missile was fired.

Iran`s English-language Press TV said the Fateh 110
(Conqueror) missile is nine metres long and weighs 3,500
kilograms.

The channel`s website quoted Defence Minister Ahmad
Vahidi as saying that the third generation Fateh 110 was a
"single stage solid propellant" missile with a longer range.

He did not specify the range of the missile but Iran
has previously paraded a version of Fateh 110 which it said
could travel between 150 and 200 kilometres.

Vahidi said the latest version of Fateh 110 was "more
accurate."

The launch of Fateh 110 follows an announcement by
Vahidi on Friday that Iran had successfully test fired its
Qiam (Rising) short range missile, which was propelled by
liquid fuel.

The test firing of Fateh 110 comes two days after Iran
began mass-producing two high-speed variants of
missile-launching assault boats, the Seraj and Zolfaqar.

PTI