Iran test-fires ballistic missile

Politics Materials 9 May 2016 12:52 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 9

By Farhad Daneshvar - Trend:

Iran test fired a ballistic missile two weeks ago, a senior Iranian commander said.

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi said that the country's armed forces have test-fired a 2000-km range ballistic missile, and an error margin of eight meters, Fars news agency reported.

Iranian media sources have widely reported on the home-grown missiles exhibited or test-fired over the last Iranian calendar year, 1394 (ended March 20). Media reports suggested that Iran maintains dozens of short, medium and long-range ballistic missiles with one of the largest missile arsenals in the Middle East.

Although several Western and regional countries have expressed concerns over Iran's missile program, the Islamic Republic has repeatedly said that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.