Iran: More Long-Range Missiles

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TEHERAN, Iran - Israeli Defense officials said Iran plans to beef up its long-range missile cache by an estimated 1,000 ballistic missiles over the next six years.

Defense Ministry officials estimate that Iran currently has 100-200 long-range ballistic missiles, with a 1,250-mile range, most capable of carrying a one-ton payload.

By 2015, Iran hopes to have 500 missile launch sites for more than 1,000 ballistic missiles, with a 1,550-mile range.

"The Iranians are making great efforts to obtain a significant number of missiles," said Tal Inbar, who directs the Space Research Center at the Fisher Brothers Institute in Herzliya.

"They already talk about how one of the ways they will overcome [Israel's] missile defense system is by firing salvos of missiles," Inbar said.

Defense officials believe Iran recently began manufacturing the Ashura solid-fuel missile, meant to replace the Shihab missiles.

Iran is also manufacturing hydraulic launchers that can be set up throughout the country.

Meanwhile, negotiations between Russia and Iran on the sale of the S-300 air defense system are on hold, pending the outcome of talks between Russia and the U.S, according to Jerusalem Post correspondent Yaacov Katz, who describes the S-300 as one of the world's most advanced anti-aircraft missile systems.

The Russian-built S-300, which can simultaneously track 100 targets and engage as many as 12 of them at a time, can hit aircraft in a 125-mile range at an altitude of 90,000 feet.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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