Iran unveils new smart ballistic missile launcher systems
According to information released by the Iranian press agency Tasnim on November 4, 2020, the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has unveiled a new local-made multiple ballistic missile launcher.
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New Iranian-made ballistic missile launcher system. (Picture source ifpnews)
Citing the Iranian press agency Tasnim, the new ballistic missile launcher uses automatic and smart operating systems used to launch multiple long-range ballistic missiles. The local-made missile launcher system was unveiled by IRGC (Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) Commander Major General Hossein Salami.
According to the analysis of the Army Recognition editorial team, the missile mounted on the new launcher system seems to be the Shahab-3, a medium-range ballistic missile that has a range of approximately 1,280 km (800 miles).
The Shahab-3 ballistic missile has been developed from the North Korean No Dong 1 ballistic missile also known as Hwasong-7 that was acquired by Iran in the mid-1990s. The first flight test of the Shahab-3 was conducted in July 1998. The last firing test was carried out in 2003 and the missile successfully flew over a distance of 1,300 km.
US Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center estimates that as of June 2017 fewer than 50 launchers were operationally deployed
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.