Categories: World News

Iran Unveils Three New Precision-Guided Missiles

A handout picture released by Iran’s Defence Ministry on August 6, 2019, shows the missiles “Balaban” (L, top), “Ghaem” (bottom row), and “Yasin” (R, top) during an unveiling ceremony in the capital Tehran. PHOTO: IRANIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / AFP

 

Iran unveiled three precision-guided missiles on Tuesday, with the defence minister saying they show the country is ready to defend itself in the face of US “viciousness and conspiracies”.

The new line-up of air-to-air missiles dubbed the “Yasin”, “Balaban” and a new series of the “Ghaem” were developed jointly by the ministry and Sa Iran, also known as Iran Electronics Industries.

Defence Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami hailed their launch as “another significant achievement of power and dignity for the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

“It shows that despite the viciousness and conspiracies of the Great Satan America and its mercenaries, the defence ministry will not hesitate for a moment to defend the Islamic republic and to expand security,” he said, quoted by Fars news agency.

The Yasin was a smart, guided-missile with folding wings that can be fired from a range of 50 kilometres (30 miles) of its target from manned or unmanned aircraft, Fars reported.

The Balaban was guided by GPS and sensors, equipped with folding wings and could be mounted under aircraft, while the Ghaem was a heat-seeking missile that could hit within 50 centimetres of a target.

They were unveiled amid tensions between Iran and the US and its allies in the Strait of Hormuz — a vital corridor linking oil producing countries in the Middle East to markets in Asia, Europe and North America.

The tensions arose after the US withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers last year and began stepping up a campaign of “maximum pressure” on the Islamic republic.

Since May this year, ships have been targeted in mysterious attacks, drones have been downed and oil tankers seized in the strategic waters.

AFP

Ronke Idowu

Disqus Comments Loading...
Share
Published by
Ronke Idowu
Tags: air-to-air missiles Defence minister Iran Precision-Guided Missiles

Recent Posts

  • Sports

Griezmann May Miss Season Finale Due To Thigh Injury

  Antoine Griezmann looks set to miss the rest of the season after Barcelona said on Sunday the France attacker…

25 mins ago
  • World News

BREAKING: Bollywood Superstar Aishwarya Rai Tests Positive For COVID-19

  Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai has tested positive for coronavirus, Mumbai city authority has reported. More details to follow shortly.

2 hours ago
  • Coronavirus

As Virus Rages In US, Trump Finally Wears A Mask

  US President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time Saturday, finally yielding to intense…

2 hours ago
  • Headlines

Compel Govs To Fund Healthcare With Security Votes, SERAP Asks Court

  Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court, Abuja to “direct and…

3 hours ago
  • Headlines
  • Sports

Usman Outclasses Masvidal As UFC Debuts On ‘Fight Island’ In UAE

  Kamaru Usman put on a 'Fight Island' masterclass Sunday to retain his Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight world title by…

7 hours ago
  • Local

Sanwo-Olu Mourns Another Lawmaker, Says His Death Is A Reminder For Ongoing COVID-19 Battle

  The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commiserated with the family, friends and associates of a member…

13 hours ago