During this week’s Sacred Defense Week in Iran, the Islamic Republic revealed a new domestically-produced missile dubbed the “Zolfaqar”, a reference to the prophet Mohammed’s sword. Multiple pro-Iranian news sites have reported this news, including the Tasnim News Agency, The Islamic Republic News Agency, among others. This missile is significant because it marks the beginning of Iran’s mass production of long-range ballistic missiles.
While a majority of the news on this matter came from pro-Iranian outlets, other sites such as the Times of Israel reported a slightly different angle. The Jerusalem-based news agency reported that the truck carrying the Zolfaqar missiles held a banner which read “If the leaders of the Zionist regime make one false move, the Islamic republic will destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa” referring to two major Israeli cities.
This week marks Iran’s annual “Sacred Defense Week” which commemorates the eight-year Iran-Iraq war beginning in 1980. The week is always celebrated with extravagant military parades in order to demonstrate Iran’s strength.
The Zolfaqar missile is Iran’s first domestically-produced long-range ballistic missile. The solid-fuel missile reportedly has a range of 700 kilometers (430 miles), which perhaps ironically, is shorter than the distance between both Haifa, Tel Aviv and Iranian territory. The Zolfaqar also claims advanced guidance technology as well MIRV (a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) capabilities, allowing for multiple warheads to strike different targets.
The missile was revealed five days ago during the military parades, however, it was announced today that the missile will be mass produced domestically, according to the aforementioned outlets.
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