Iran Tests Long Range Missiles Capable Of Hitting Israel
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Tuesday test fired several ballistic missiles including a long-range variety that is capable of striking against Israel and various U.S. bases located throughout the region.
In an IRNA news agency release officials in Iran say the missiles were successful in hitting their targets, including the Shahab-3 missile which traveled up to 800 miles from its launchpad.
According to Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh:
“So far, we have launched missiles from 300 to 1,300 kilometers in the maneuver.”
The General also hinted at further traveling missile tests but he did not go into detail regarding those tests.
This is not the first time Iran has tested its missile technologies, during previous war games the Shahab-3 variant has travel as far away as 1,200 miles.
In comparison Israel is just 600 miles from Iran’s western borders and the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet is just 120 miles away in the Persian Gulf.
Tests by the Revolutionary Guards comes after the European Union put in place its oil embargo against the country on Sunday. That embargo along with US sanctions are meant to deal a crippling blow to the Iranian economy which receives nearly 80% of its GDP through oil exports.
In the meantime Iran continues to claim that its nuclear program is only meant for power generation and medical technology.
Next up for Iran will be manned and unmanned bomber tests as pat of the countries continuing war games.
Iranian officials have also announced plans to test brand new missiles with new capabilities in the near future.