Monday, April 03, 2006

Pentagon: Iran Missile Advances Possible

Iran recently tested some new weapons as a show of force, and have made incredible claims that may be exaggerations, according to the Pentagon. This isn't a huge surprise as they are trying to suggest that bombings by the US and Israel will come at a heavy price.

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Pentagon: Iran Missile Advances Possible
By Al Pessin
03 April 2006

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The U.S. Defense Department says it is possible Iran has made improvements in its missile forces, but a spokesman has also warned that Iran has exaggerated its capabilities in the past.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman responded Monday to Iranian claims that in recent days it has tested improved airborne and undersea missiles. He said Iran has conducted many tests during the past year of both ballistic and anti-ship missiles, and it would not be surprising if it has made some progress during that time.

"We know that the Iranians are always trying to improve their weapons systems by both foreign and indigenous measures," he said. "It's possible that they are increasing their capability and making strides in radar absorbing materials and targeting. However, the Iranians have been known also to boast and exaggerate their statements about greater technical and tactical capabilities."

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Photo released April 3, 2006 shows test firing of Fajr-3 missile fired by Iran in Persian Gulf on April 1, 2006

Whitman says ballistic missiles have long been an important part of Iran's military strategy, and that the country has the largest inventory of such missiles in the Middle East.

Iran has announced three weapons advances during war games it began conducting on Friday. The latest announcement involved a torpedo fired on Monday that Iranian state television says is capable of destroying enemy ships and submarines "at any depth and any speed."

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Earlier, Iran said it had successfully test fired an airborne missile that can avoid enemy radar and deliver warheads to several targets simultaneously. It also announced the test firing of a new high-speed underwater missile.

'World's fastest' torpedo

The Pentagon spokesman said Iran's war games and his comments on them have nothing to do with the effort by the United States and several other world powers to convince Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program. The Security Council has demanded that Iran stop enriching uranium, an important step in producing fuel that could be used in a nuclear bomb.

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