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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Iran says develops 2,000 pound guided bomb

LONDON, September 6 (IranMania) - According to an AFP report, Iran on Wednesday announced it has developed a 2,000 pound guided bomb named Ghased, or "Messenger," aimed at enhancing its defensive capabilities.

"Within the framework of enhancing our defense capabilities and in accordance with our deterrent principles, we have designed and manufactured a 2,000 pound (900-kilogram) guided bomb," Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

A guided bomb typically uses laser technology to more accurately hit its target and is a weapon commonly used by the world's air forces.

On Wednesday Iran also said it has developed a war plane named Saegheh, or "Thunder," which it described as similar to the American F-18 fighter jet.

The air force, army and navy have been showing off their capabilities and new hardware for the last month in war games, which come amid mounting international concern over Tehran's nuclear program.

Tehran has insisted that it seeks only civilian nuclear power, but is facing a US drive for sanctions on the UN Security Council after missing a deadline ordering it to halt sensitive uranium enrichment operations.
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