Iran unveils new short-range missiles and drones
Associated Press in Tehran
Iran unveiled a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones yesterday, as President Hassan Rowhani said its military doctrine was based on deterring and countering threats from unnamed foreign powers.
The official IRNA news agency said the Ghadir missile, with a range of 100km, is designed to destroy marine targets. It did not give a range for the Nasr-e Basir cruise missile, but said it could "operate in silence", without elaborating. Iran also unveiled two new drones, the high-altitude Karrar-4 and the Mohajer-4. The latter can be used to generate maps for both military and civilian purposes, IRNA said.
At a ceremony marking the inauguration, Rowhani reiterated that his country was not seeking nuclear weapons but said it would not ignore threats.
Iran has long accused the United States of plotting to overthrow the Islamic republic.
Tehran regularly announces military advances that cannot be independently verified.