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Iran Starts Mass Production of Short-Range Missile, Times Says

February 05, 2012

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Iran started to mass produce a new, short-range, naval cruise missile, the Zafar, Tehran Times reported, citing Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.

A launch ceremony was held yesterday and the first batch of missiles were delivered to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps naval forces, the newspaper said.

The Zafar is a short-range, anti-ship, radar-guided cruise missile which can be installed on various types of vessels and is able to hit small- and medium-size targets with high precision, Vahidi said, according to the newspaper.

Iran in September delivered the locally-made Qader cruise missile to the Guards and the navy, the report said. The Qader has a range of 200 kilometers (125 miles), flies at a low altitude and can target destroyers and battleships, the report said.

--Editors: Louis Meixler, Claudia Maedler.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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