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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Iran Tests New Automatic Cannons In War Games

AFP: Iran tested on Oct. 6 new automatic cannons and rocket launchers on the fifth day of war games aimed at showing off its defensive capabilities, the military said.

”The range of cannons and rockets tested today is between 75 kilometers (45 miles) and 120 kilometers (75 miles) and it is the first time that a new generation of automatic cannons with a range of 75 kilometers has been successfully tested,” the maneuver’s spokesman, Brigader General Ali Fazli, was quoted as saying by the student news agency ISNA.

Iran’s elite revolutionary guards launched the 10-day war games Oct. 2 by firing, for the first time in maneuvers, its longer-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile, triggering widespread international concerns.

The missiles have a range of up to 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) — sufficient to threaten U.S. bases in the Gulf.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran would “suffer greatly” if it used the weapon in anger while Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz urged the world to act over Iran’s ballistic missiles testing.

Iran’s revolutionary guards chief Yahya Rahim Safavi has said the Great Prophet II war games are aimed at showing off Iran’s ability to defend itself against any threat and to test new military hardware.

Iran is engaged in a mounting standoff with the West over its sensitive nuclear program, defying demands to halt activities world powers fear could be diverted to developing an atom bomb.

Iran insists its nuclear drive is aimed solely at generating energy.
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