(TEHRAN, Iran) — Claiming that his country has to defend itself from the threat of a military strike, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced a new version of a short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile on Tuesday.
Ahmadinejad said the updated Fateh-110 or Conqueror was not intended in an aggressive context.
He declared, “We do not seek progress in the defense industry for conquest. We want it to defend ourselves, our territory, our existence. Secondly, we want it for defending human dignity.”
The unveiling of the new Fateh-110 and other defense projects comes as talk has been heating up recently about Israel possibly launching a preemptive strike to knock out Iran’s rogue nuclear facilities.
According to Iranian scientists, the upgrade means quicker launching, a longer life and use of the missile in poor weather conditions.
Iran isn’t believed to have the technology yet to deploy a nuclear bomb but it does have an arsenal of short and medium-range missiles capable of reaching Israel and U.S. ships stationed in the Persian Gulf.
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