Iran has begun a production line for air-to-surface cruise missile, Nasr, that is capable of hitting targets accurately within the 35-kilometer range.
The missiles have high precision capability, and capable of being fired by various fighters, Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying by the country’s ISNA news agency at the inauguration ceremony in a report today.
The missile does not need support. Moreover, the fighter can deport the danger zone after firing it, the minister added.
Development of the country’s missile capabilities in order to strengthen the combat power of the armed forces and increase effective deterrence power are among the main strategies of the defense ministry, Dehghan said.
The delivery of Nasr missile to the air forces of the Army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) their operational and tactical capabilities will increase significantly.
Tehran established an arms development program during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s to counter the weapons embargo imposed on it by the US and its Western allies.
Since 1992, Iran has been manufacturing its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, radars, boats, submarines and fighter planes.
Iran also unveiled its first long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2010.