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Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi reiterated on Wednesday that the country is determined to continue its eye-catching progress in different fields of defense in the coming Iranian year (beginning on March 21). Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes. Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country. Iran has attained rapid growth of technology in building missiles in recent years and has, thus, been conducting frequent exercises to test-fire its latest products in the field. In a recent case, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Air Force staged two days of missile wargames in September during which different types of ground-to-ground, mid- and long-range missiles, including hi-tech long-range Sejjil missiles, optimized long range Shahab-3 missiles, were tested successfully. The liquid-fuel Shahab class missiles include a wide range of missiles, including the well-known Shahab-3 which has a range of up to 1,250 miles (2000 kilometers) and is capable of carrying a 760-1,000 kilogram warhead. The optimized Shahab-3 is more precise than the previous models and Iran has promoted its navigation systems. Iran also successfully tested the second generation of Sejjil missile and brought it into mass production in 2009. The solid-fuel, two-stage Sejjil missile with two engines, is capable of reaching a very high altitude and therefore has a longer range than that of the Shahab 3 model. Also, the Iranian defense ministry in February inaugurated production lines of a new anti-armor missile, 'Toufan 5' (Hurricane), and an anti-chopper missile, 'Qaem', both with high penetration and destruction powers. Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi reiterated on Wednesday that the country is determined to continue its eye-catching progress in different fields of defense in the coming Iranian year (beginning on March 21) ....

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