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AAP April 3, 2006

Iran tests its war technology

Iran said it had test-fired what it described as the world's fastest underwater missile during a week of war games in the Gulf, Iranian state television reported.

"The world's fastest underwater missile was successfully test fired on the third day of the Holy Prophet war games," state television reported in a caption without giving a source or details.

Western nations have been watching developments in Iran's missile capabilities with concern amid a stand-off over the Iranian nuclear program, which the west says is aimed at building atomic bombs.

Iran says the program is civilian.

Iran's armed forces said on Friday they had successfully test fired a domestically produced missile from land which could evade radar.

Iranian state television had said that missile was called Fajr-3. But Hossein Salami, head of the Revolutionary Guards air force, did not name the new weapon or give the missile's range, saying it depended on the warhead weight.

He told state television it was a defensive weapon.

The US-based military affairs website globalsecurity.org describes the Fajr-3 as a 240 mm artillery rocket with a 40km range, one of a group of light rockets Iran has developed mainly for tactical use on the battlefield.

However, it also says Iran has been working on another missile, called the Kosar, that would be undetectable by radar and designed to sink ships in the Gulf.


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