TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iran’s Army chief General Abdolrahim Mousavi said on Wednesday Iran plans to boost the range of its coast-to-sea missiles beyond 300 kilometers.
Iran’s coast-to-sea missiles can currently hit targets within a range of 300 kilometers, he told reporters here.
"The range of Iran’s coast-to-sea missile is going to be extended in the near future,” Tasnim news agency quoted him as saying.
General Mousavi touched on the Navy’s mighty presence in the Persian Gulf and the international waters, saying Iran’s advances in submarine industry and its missile capabilities have greatly boosted the country’s deterrent power.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in November urged armed forces to boost their military capabilities and preparedness in such a way that the enemies would not ever dare think of threatening the country.
Iran displayed a new cruise missile with a range of 1,300 km (800 miles) on Saturday during celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Iran has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles, in defiance of opposition from the United States and expressions of concern by European countries. Tehran says the program is purely defensive.
Later on Saturday, a senior Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commander suggested that pressure by European countries for talks on curbing Iran’s ballistic missiles development could prompt Tehran to expand it beyond current limits.
Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the IRGC’s aerospace division, said Iran had overcome initial problems in producing jet engines for cruise missiles and could now manufacture a full range of the weapons.
Meanwhile, Israeli sources said Iran’s new Hoveyzeh cruise missile can bypass all existing American and the Zionist regime’s defense systems and hit any target in the occupied territories without being detected.