Iran tested 1900km (1200 mi) missile

Posted: May 20, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Iran, Israel, Middle East

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IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUAD Ahmadinejad declared today that Iran tested the Sajjil-2 missile, with range of over 1900 km (1200 miles), capable of reaching Israel and southeastern Europe:

"Defense Minister (Mostafa Mohammad Najjar) has informed me that the Sajjil-2 missile, which has very advanced technology, was launched from Semnan and it landed precisely on the target," state radio quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. He spoke during a visit to the city of Semnan, 125 miles east of the capital Tehran, where Iran’s space program is centered.

Ahmadinejad is running for re-election in a June 12 vote and has been criticized by his opponents and others for antagonizing the U.S. and mismanaging the country’s faltering economy.

Please, allow me to stay somewhat skeptical on this statement, us having previous experience with ‘successful’ Iranian launches. Yet, it is probable that the test launch actually was a success, which should encourage Israeli defense officials to push for advanced testing of the ‘Arrow’ anti-ballistic system.

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