Report: Russia helps Iran to develop new missile with range of 2000 kms

Published November 10th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Iran has been supplied by Russia with powerful new technology and parts for long-range missiles that will put Israel and the whole of the Middle East, including British and US forces in the region, within its reach, The Telegraph reported on Sunday. 

 

The missiles' range of up to 2,000 kms would also allow Iran to strike parts of North Africa and of south-eastern Europe, the report added. According to media reports, the Shehab-4 has a warhead weighing up to 1,000 kilograms.  

 

Successful test-firings were conducted this summer with the help of Russian and North Korean scientists at a desert range in central Iran, according to the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and American intelligence. 

 

The NCRI has been told by its contacts within the regime that Teheran twice successfully test-fired the new Shehab 4 missiles this summer in front of the country's military leadership.  

 

The new Shehab 4 is based on the old Soviet SS-4 missile and uses entirely Russian technology. The Russians have also provided high-grade steel and special alloys for the Shehab 4 missile casing and for foil shielding around guidance systems. 

 

Teheran has signed a $7 million (£4.6 million) contract with a Russian company for the transfer of SS-4 missile parts to Teheran, according to the NCRI. 

 

Among the Russian firms said to be helping Iran are Rosvoorouzhenie, the Russian arms-export agency; the Bauman Institute; NPO Trud, a rocket-motor manufacturer; and Polyus ["North Star"} Russia's leading laser developer. (Albawaba.com)

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