Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

MoD unveils ‘Hoveizeh’ long-range cruise missile

MoD unveils ‘Hoveizeh’ long-range cruise missile

The achievement proves that no barrier can block the Iranian nation's determination in the defense sector, the minister added.

Iran has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles, in defiance of opposition from the United States and expressions of concern by European countries.

According to Hatami, the missile would be fully ready for the use in the short term and would be able to fly at low altitude and its flight range reaches over 1,350 km.

During the 4th day of Eghtedar 40 military and defense exhibition underway in the Iranian capital of Tehran was unveiled newest Hoveizeh ground-launched cruise missile.

Amir Hatami said surface-to-surface missile was from the Soumar family of cruise missiles.

The Defense Ministry's website carried an undated video purportedly showing the Hoveizeh being test-fired from a mobile launcher.

The missile has a range of 839 miles and was successfully fired in the video at a distance of 745 miles.

Iran insists that its ballistic missile program was not part of the 2015 deal with the U.S., France, Britain, Germany, China and Russian Federation.

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In January, it tried to launch a satellite into space which it said failed. The launch followed a USA warning to Iran against undertaking three planned rocket launches that Washington said would violate a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Iran reined in most of its nuclear programme under a landmark 2015 deal with major powers but has kept up development of its ballistic missile technology.

According to Press TV, the remarks came amid statements of some European Union governments that Iran needs to avoid long-range missile tests in order to enjoy economic benefits of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran is claiming to have fired a new long-range ballistic missile - dubbed the Hoveiseh - capable of hitting a target 1,300km away.

Iranian officials say Western sanctions have starved its air force of spare parts and replacement aircraft, limiting its operational capacity and forcing it to rely on the missile programme.

That puts it in range of one of its biggest enemies, Israel. "We will continue to take action against Iran with all the tools at our disposal in order to ensure the security and future of Israel", the prime minister said at a cabinet meeting, as quoted by his press service.

U.S. President Donald Trump quit the Iran nuclear deal previous year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran that had been lifted under the pact in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.

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