Brigadier General: Iran not to make longer-range missiles
The Islamic Republic is well capable of building missiles with longer ranges but it does not intend to since US and Israeli targets are already within its missiles' reach, Commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said, Press Tv reported with reference to IRNA.
"We possess the technology to build missiles with longer ranges but we do not need missiles with a range of more than 2,000 kilometers and we do not intend to produce them," Hajizadeh told on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Great Prophet 6 drills.
"Iran's missiles have a range of up to 2,000 kilometers and have been designed for US and Israel's bases in the region," he added.
The Iranian commander further explained that there is a distance of 1,200 kilometers between Iran and Israel so the Islamic Republic is capable of targeting Israel with missiles that have a range of up to 2,000 km.
He pointed out that the US bases in regional countries are within the Iranian missiles' reach as the US bases in Afghanistan, for instance, are not more than 700 kilometers away from the Iranian territory.
The commander, however, rejected claims that Iran's missile capabilities posed a threat to other countries. He said that the Islamic Republic only feels threatened by the US and Israel and thus it only produces missiles capable of reaching the US and Israeli bases in the region.
He went on to say that Iran's Sejjil (Baked Clay) and Shahab missiles are among the missiles capable of targeting objects within a range of 2,000 kilometers.
The Islamic Republic began the Great Prophet 6 drills on Monday.
On the first day of the exercises, Iran unveiled underground missile silos and fired Fateh (Conquerer) -110 missile.
The spokesman for the Great Prophet 6 drills General Asghar Qelich-Khani said the silos are part of the swift reaction units of Iran's missile forces.
"The silos are a part of the swift reaction unit of the missile brigade; missiles are stored vertically, ready to be launched against pre-determined targets," Qelich-Khani said Monday.
On the second day, Iran launched 14 surface-to-surface missiles, including Zelzal (Earthquake), Shahab-1, Shahab-2 and Shahab-3.
Five Shahab missiles, including four medium-range and one long-range, as well as 9 Zelzal missiles were launched on Tuesday.
Iran says the Great Prophet 6 maneuver has completely defensive objectives and will be staged with the message of "peace and friendship."