Iran says starts making new anti-aircraft missile

Iran has started production of a new ground-to-air missile system, Iranian media reported.

Iran says starts making new anti-aircraft missile

Iran has started production of a new ground-to-air missile system, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

"The range of this defence system (missile) is more than 40 km and it is able to pursue and hit the enemy's airplanes and helicopters on a smart basis and at supersonic speed," Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said, without specifying how the missile compared to previous such weapons.

Najjar was quoted by Iran's Fars News Agency three days after Israel issued contradictory signals on whether it might bomb Iran, with its foreign minister saying there were no such plans and the defence minister saying all options were open.

The missile announcement came less than a week before a June 12 presidential election.

Fars, a semi-official news agency, said production of the Shahin (hawk) missile defence system was one of the "most important and complex projects" undertaken by Iran's defence industry after the country's 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iran's Press TV said all parts of Shahin were produced in the country, which is under U.N. and U.S. sanctions over its disputed nuclear programme..

The Islamic state often makes announcements of advances in its defence capabilities, including production of new weaponry.

In March, Russia's Interfax news agency said Moscow may freeze a reported deal to deliver S-300 air defence systems to Iran.

Reuters

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