TEHRAN: Iran successfully test fired a new guided long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile, state TV reported on Sunday.
It was the first such a test since Iran and world powers reach a nuclear deal.
Iran’s Defence Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan, told the channel that the liquid-fuel missile “will obviously boost the strategic deterrence capability of our armed forces”.
He said the missile, named Emad or pillar in Farsi, was a technological achievement for Iran — able to be controlled until the moment of impact and to hit targets “with high precision”.
The channel showed footage of the huge missile being launched in a desert area.
This is the first test of a ballistic surface-to-surface missile by Iran since UN Security Council Resolution 2231 in July, which endorsed a landmark nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers.
Since 1992, Iran has emphasized a self-sufficient and indigenous military production industry, producing missiles, tanks and light submarines.
The Islamic Republic has surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers that can hit Israel and US military bases in the region.