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March 8, 2015 3:27 pm

Iran Unveils Surface to Surface Missile With 2500 KM Range; Weapon is Direct Threat to US Vessels in Persian Gulf

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Iran unveils its new Soumar Cruise Missile. PHOTO: Youtube.

The Defense Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Brigadier General Hussein Dahqan, revealed on Sunday Iran’s new surface-to-surface cruise missile, the “Soumar.”

Dahqan also pointed to the Defense Ministry’s new strategy of developing and producing smart weapons for Iran’s armed forces, and introducing a new generation of advanced weapons. He said that the  long-range “Soumar” system was developed and produced by the Defense Ministry’s aerospace experts, according to Hezbollah affiliated Al-Manar.

The “Soumar” has a range of  2500km, posing a serious threat to any vessels sailing in the Persian Gulf, particularly US naval forces, as well as an array of countries which are distant from Iran. Its design is based on a Soviet missile, similar to one stolen from Ukraine 12 years ago which made its way to Iran from the Chinese.

Dahqan added that producing and manufacturing this missile, which uses complex and advanced technology, was a large step forward in advancing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s deterrent capabilities.

According to Tal Inbar, the head of the Space Research Institute at the Fisher Strategic Studies Aerospace Center in Israel, the missile can be launched from planes, or equipped with a nuclear warhead, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. However, the original Ukrainian missiles on which the “Soumar” is based were not equipped with nuclear warheads, and could be launched from ships as well as submarines.

Dahqan also noted the delivery of large quantities of “Qadr” and “Qiyam” long-range ballistic missiles to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

These missiles, said Dahqan, are capable of destroying a wide array of targets in a range of complicated circumstances, given their high tactical capabilities, ability to remain over the field of battle for prolonged periods of time, and radar evasion. Regarding the “Soumar” Dahqan noted that it was more accurate and longer range because of the improvements in this missile over previous models in propulsion and control.

He also claimed that during the upcoming Persian year, which begins this year on March 21, the armed forces will be receiving a much higher quality of rockets, particularly when it comes to their range, accuracy and destructive capabilities. This will be an ongoing and permanent endeavor in the years to come, he added.

The IRGC’s aerospace commander, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that the delivery of these missiles to the armed forces occurs naturally over the course of multiple intervals during the year. But this exceptional delivery of large amounts of “Qadr,” “Qiyam” and “Soumar” long-range missiles is meant as a joint message from the IRGC and the Defense Ministry to both friends and foes that these accomplishments are being made by Iranian experts in light of developing threats, indicating that these threats will not hamper the course of Iran’s defense programs.

There are far-reaching implications to the revelation of the “Soumar,” particularly since Iran has never confirmed in the past that it possesses missiles with a range of above 2000km, yet now it has revealed a missile with a 2500km range that is capable of reaching a series of countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and others. Additionally, the missile’s range can be increased to 3000km with external fuel tanks.

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  • Nigel

    A very snidey article if I may say so. For what god- forsaken reason would the Iranians target ‘Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and others’..?? It’s just an arbitrary list of countries that have no issues with Iran whatsoever.

  • Joh. Pfaeffle

    Have the Jews in Palestine ever acknowledged their possession of nukes?
    Just more scare tactics for the stupid American public.

    • zadimel

      The “Jews in Palestine” have 200 to 400 nuclear devices,which have the capability at least of crippling the Iranian offensive nuclear systems. Indeed,several dozen launched from aircraft,submarines(cruise missiles), and long range rockets would create the largest parking lot in the world, and eliminate the existential threat to its Arab neighbors and to the Jewish State.

      • Mac

        No one has guts to use nukes, not even the US. That’s because you cannot start a nuclear war and remain safe yourself afterwards.

        So I wouldn’t use the childish term “parking lot” a lot.

  • `Amos

    This makes (Ex-Mossad) Meir Dagan’s recent comments about Iran, which marginalized Iran’s missile threat (while villainizing Bibi), seem like total BS to me. If these puppies can really fly, even America should be sweating. Hek, all they need now is a few long distance subs.

    • david

      Google CHAAD. missle defence

  • ms Bo Salsberg

    Perhaps I am naive, but why would Iran reveal this info. I would think that it would put friends and foe on alert, taking the surprise out of an act of war.

    • Yale

      Given the gullibility of the West and its leader, the objective is obvious: to demonstrate their peaceful intentions.

  • And Obama, Kerry and P5+1 are still buying that Iran is only looking for peaceful Nuclear weapons. Do you not see and understand that if all of their intentions would be peaceful they would not need all of those destructive activities?

    • khash

      any country have the right to build its armature , to protect its people and interest.

  • michael

    It appears to me that GODS 8th day is about to dawn.

  • Irwin Graulich

    That piece of junk will go 20 feet and then explode.

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  • Efram

    I would imagine that Obama is cheering with all of his might.

  • spktruth

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    Iran: We saved the Jews three times; Netanyahu should learn history

    Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif tells NBC his country `doesn’t support blind terrorism’ and `we will never have a bomb.’

    Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 14, 2015.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as they walk in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 14, 2015. Photo by AP

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s accusations in his recent speech to the U.S. Congress that Iran wants to destroy Israel.

    In an interview with NBC, Zarif said that “Iran saved the Jews three times in its history,” insinuating that Netanyahu should brush up on his history lessons.

    Zarif said Netanyahu distorts both the current reality and the writings in Jewish sources and the Bible.

    “It is unfortunate that Mr. Netanyahu now totally distorts realities of today,” Zarif said. “He even distorts his own scripture. If you read the book of Esther, you will see that it was the Iranian king who saved the Jews. …

    “It is truly, truly regrettable that bigotry gets to the point of making allegations against an entire nation which has saved Jews three times in its history: once during that time of a prime minister who was trying to kill the Jews, and the king saved the Jews; again during the time of Cyrus the Great, where he saved the Jews from Babylon, and during the Second World War, where Iran saved the Jews.”

    Challenge from the reporter

    Senior NBC correspondent Ann Curry, who has been covering the nuclear talks between the powers and Iran for two years, challenged Zarif with the examples that Netanyahu gave in his Congress speech.

    She quoted a tweet from Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “This barbaric wolf-like and infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime, has no cure but to be annihilated.”

    The Iranian foreign minister tried to avoid the question and claimed that Khamenei was not referring to all Jews, but the “Israeli regime” headed by Netanyahu.

    “If we wanted to annihilate Jews, we have a large number of Jewish population in Iran who not only live in the country in peace, but, in fact, have a representative in Iranian parliament allocated to them, disproportionately to their number,” Zarif said.

    “Every 150,000 Iranian Muslims has a representative in the parliament, whereas less than 20,000 Jews in Iran have a representative in the parliament. So we’re not about annihilation of Jews.

    “We have a history of tolerance and cooperation and living together in coexistence with our own Jewish people, and with Jews everywhere in the world. If people want to espouse fear mongering to fan such hysteria in the world, that’s to their detriment.”

    `The regime is a threat’

    Curry repeated the question and asked Zarif to qualify the distinction between “the regime in Israel” and the Jews.

    “This regime is a threat,” Zarif replied. “A regime that engages in the killing of innocent children, a regime that engages in acts of aggression. Iran has not invaded any other country. We have not threatened to use force.

    “Just exactly the opposite of Israel. Israel threatens to use force against Iran almost on a daily basis. … Of course if they did use force against Iran, we would defend ourselves, as we have done with great sacrifice in the past. But we are not invading, we are not threatening anybody. We have not threatened anybody for 250 years.

    “We have a record to prove of what we say. He doesn’t. He has a record full of infanticide, full of killing of innocent people, full of aggression against his neighbor, full of occupation.”

    Curry continued to pressure Zarif. She reminded him that during the speech to Congress, Netanyahu accused him of laying a wreath at the grave of Hezbollah operations chief Imad Mughniyeh, who was responsible for killing hundreds of Americans.

    Again, Zarif tried to avoid the question: “First of all, we have our policy differences with the United States. Secondly, I’m not running for a popularity contest in the United States [against Netanyahu].”

    Replying to Netanyahu’s accusation against him, Zarif said: “He is the one visiting [Jabhat] al-Nusra (Nusra Front) terrorists in Israeli hospitals. It’s for him to respond to those allegations. We have been proven, time and again, that we have supported people who stand for justice, who stand against oppression.

    “We do not support blind terrorism. We never supported groups or tendencies that commit beheading in Syria and in Iraq. Prime Minister Netanyahu cannot make this unequivocal statement, which I can.”

    `We will never have a bomb’

    Regarding Mughniyeh, Zarif said he was only part of the resistance to Israel. “We’re not talking about a group that came from all over the world to Syria or to Iraq to wreak havoc,” Zarif said. “We’re talking about people defending their country, defending their territory against occupation.”

    The Iranian foreign minister emphasized throughout the interview that Iran is not interested in acquiring nuclear weapons and has never tried to do so.

    “We never had the bomb. We will never have a bomb. We’re not looking to have a bomb,” he said. “We do not believe a bomb is in our interest. Whereas [Netanyahu] does have a bomb. He has 200 nuclear weapons.

    “He has stood against a Middle East free from weapons of mass destruction. … He continues to make allegations against Iran. He’s in no place to do that. He doesn’t have the authority, the moral authority, to do that.

    “In 1992, he said Iran was three years away from the bomb or four years away from the bomb. In 1996, he repeated that. He said, in 2012, before the entire world, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, with that cartoon of a bomb, that Iran was a year away from making a bomb.

    “Now we are in 2015 … and he’s still repeating the same lie.”

  • art

    When someone says they will kill you only a fool will ignore the threat. Iran has clearly and repeatedly promised to attack and destroy Israel and the US, the big and small Satans. iran has openly funded, trained and lead terrorists, including hezbouleh, hamas, islamic jihad and dozens of other groups. The iranians have also signed a treaty with Venezuela for a naval base which is intended to threaten shipping in the Caribbean . Even the IAEA finally had to admit that iran was not cooperating and was violating its agreed obligations

    • Mac

      Iran never said anything about attacking Israel.

      However most middle eastern (Iranian included) in fact wish the regime in Israel is removed (annihilated if you wish). That’s exactly what happened to Saddam and his regime.

  • – Is the free world going to allow a monkey with a loaded gun? These Moslem radicals within Iran will not hesitate to fire not only one, but quite a few towards israel. That is the equivalent of my “metaphor”. Iran with missils, ISIS going on rampage in northern Iraq.
    Destroy that arsenal before its too late. – On the other side of the globe, close to home, Hamas wants to penetrate Israel´s “iron dome” with shorter range missiles. These fanatics will not stop until they are dead. Sad solution but true

    • Mac

      Could you define the phrase “Free world” and also tell us why Iran should not prepare itself to defend the land?

      Iran has not attacked any other country in centuries. Every of those “Free world” countries have attacked many other countries.

      Mind you?

  • I am sure Obama will call his new found friends in Iran and smooth things over. Who knows, maybe Obama will kick in some capital to help Iran out in developing new and more potent weapons. Having a president like Obama, helps me sleep at night because we can always count on him to do the right thing. Obama also has his priorities straight. After all, what’s more important, stopping a rogue regime from acquiring weapons of mass destruction or protocol.

  • Julian Clovelley

    All this seems to ignore the fact that according to internet available information Israel’s current missiles have a likely range of up to 6500 kms with a normal payload.

    • Yale

      But any missiles Israel has aren’t aimed at the US or its allies, as the Soumar will be.

      • Mac

        How do we know? In fact I am almost sure they have (as insurance). Otherwise why do they need hundreds of nukes.

  • Reform School

    The “Soumar” has the U.S. President’s name on it, with the inscription ‘Compliments of Barry Soetoro, Commie-in-Chief!’

  • Marvin Hofberg

    Fortuneately for the U.S., Israel and other sophisticated defense organizations, there is this thing called “Countermeasures”. The odds of hitting a ship is greatly diminished by the use of these systems. Once again, Iran talks a good game, but is severely limited in truly hurting any of these countries

    • Mac

      – This is not an anti-ship missile.

      – Counter measures work for point defense and they are not as effective as you think (otherwise no one would even produce anti-ship cruise missiles in the first place).

      They can be saturated and even without saturation they have proved to almost all the time hit the target even though some countermeasures have been present(check the cruise missile incidents in the pas few decades).