Iran's Cruise Missile Could Strike Targets beyond 2,000 Km.

(Defense Update-Israel) Iran on Sunday unveiled a new, long-range, surface-launched, land attack cruise missile called "Soumar." The missile seems to be a variant of the "Meshkat" cruise missile, announced by the director of the Iranian Defense Ministry's Aerospace Organization, Brig.-Gen. Mehdi Farahi in 2012. "The Meshkat cruise missile, which God willing will be unveiled soon, has a range of more than 2,000 km.," Farahi told the Iranian media at the time. The Soumar bears close similarity to the Russian Kh55SM cruise missile. Iran acquired 12 such missiles from the Ukraine in 2001. An interesting capability introduced by the Russian missile manufacturer AGAT is a containerized version - Club K, enabling the launching of cruise missiles from "innocent looking" cargo ships, rail cars or trucks, a practice the Iranians, Syrians and Hizbullah have sought to employ.

2015-03-09 00:00:00

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