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Iran Unveils New Ballistic Missile Named After Late General Killed By US

In March 2019, Late Qassem Soleimani received Iran’s highest military award, the ‘Order of Zulfaqar’ [File: Reuters]
Iran unveiled on Thursday a new ballistic missile named after Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a targeted United States (US) drone strike in January.

The showcase took place in the run-up to National Defense Industry Day, which is observed on Aug. 22.

During the event, broadcast by state television, Defense Minister Amir Hatami reported on Iran’s latest military achievements – in particular, the ballistic missile, dubbed Martyr Hajj Qasem Soleimani, and the cruise missile, called martyr Abu Mahdi.

The latter is named after Iraqi Shia militia deputy commander Abu Mahdi Muhandis, who was assassinated alongside Soleimani near Baghdad.

The Qasem Soleimani missile has a range of 1,400 kilometres, while the Abu Mahdi Muhandis missile hits targets at a range of 1,000 kilometres.

The country has also demonstrated domestically-made drones.

In his address, President Hassan Rouhani noted progress in the defence industry, saying that Iranian weapons must have high precision, sufficient destructive power and manoeuvrability.


He stressed that the national defence industry pursues a strategy of deterrence, rather than any offensive strategy, and the country does not aim to occupy any territories or harm any country.

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