Tehran, September 23: Iran test-fired a mid-range ballistic missile on Friday, defying the United States with which the Islamic republic had entered a nuclear deal when US President Barack Obama was at the helm. The missile, named Khorramshahr, has a range of 2,000 kms, and can carry numerous types of warheads.
The Iranian government broadcast a footage on the state-run news channel hours after it showed-off the missile in a military parade that was attended by President Hassan Rouhani. The missile was launched on Friday; no further details were released.
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander, told the media that the missile became smaller in size and more tactical. The missile will be operational in the near future. According to reports, the Khorramshahr missile can carry multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV).
Iran said that the missile was designed and developed in the country. Its media called the missile long-range, but experts believe that it is a mid-range projectile.
According to international standards, a long-range ballistic missile can hit a target at a distance of 5,500 kilometers. A medium-range missile can travel a distance between 1,000 and 3,000 kilometers.
Iran first showcased its most advanced weapons to commemorate the 1980-1988 war with Iraq. President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would strengthen its military capabilities for deterrence. He said Iran would also strengthen air, land, and sea forces.
Iran said that it was rearming itself after US President Donald Trump called the nuclear deal between the US and Iran as the most one-sided deal ever.