Iran test-fires new version of Fateh missile

By : | August 26, 2010 | World Political News

Iran has successfully test-fired a new version of its Fateh missile, which has a longer range than previous models, Iranian news agencies reported Wednesday.

The Fateh-110 was designed by Iranian scientists and is also more accurate than older versions, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, Iran’s defense minister, told state-run Press TV and the semi-official Fars news agency.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the Fateh-110 is a short- or medium-range missile. Press TV reported it is 9 meters (29.5 feet) long and weighs 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds).

Vahidi claimed that the production of the missile was “another victory in the field of defense and technology, and was another example of busting the sanctions and getting rid of them,” Fars quoted him as saying.