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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Iran Test Fires Missile

Iran has test fired the new Sejjil 2 missile this morning.

Iran has successfully tested an optimized version of the solid-fuel Sejjil-2 deterrent missile as part of its long-term plans to defend the country's borders. The high-speed surface-to-surface, which was launched on Wednesday morning, has been designed and built by the Iranian Ministry of Defense. Back in May, Iran tested the initial version of the two-stage Sejjil-2 missile. The Sejil-2 has a longer range than the Shahab-3 missile.

Here's some background on this missile.

Sajjil also known as "Sejjil" or "Sejil" is a two-stage, solid-propellant, surface-to-surface missile (SSM) produced by Iran with a reported 1930 km (1200 mile) range. A successful test launch took place on November 12, 2008.[2] Its range, if
confirmed, would allow it to strike targets as far away as Israel and southwestern Europe, though Iran asserts that it is intended for purely defensive purposes.

This missile can reach Europe and more importantly Israel and so this is a shot across the bow.

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