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Semnan is reportedly the site of a ballistic missile test range and production facility, built with Chinese assistance. Iran assembles copies of the Chinese Type-83 artillery rocket, known in Iran as the Oghab, at this Chinese-built and equipped plant. According to reports published in Russia, apparently based on information developed by the Russian Federal Security Service, Semnan, located 170 km east of Tehran, is involved in the production of artillery missiles and serves as a test range for ballistic missiles. The Mushak 120 (or Iran 130) missile was put into production at the Defence Industries Organisation (DIO) facility at Semnan in early 1988.

As of 11 April 2000, Russian 2-meter resolution KVR-1000 imagery coverage was not available via the SPIN-2 service on TerraServer, nor was archived Space Imaging IKONOS 1-meter imagery of this facility available on the CARTERRAT Archive.

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