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Iranian Army Test-Fires 3 New Missiles

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Army Ground Force announced on Saturday that it has tested three new missiles successfully.

"Three types of missiles developed by the Army and the Defense Industries have been successfully test-fired in the Ground Force's recent wargames," Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Force Gen. Kioumars Heydari told FNA on Saturday.

The General declined to mention the specific details of the newly tested missiles, but mentioned that these "ground-to-ground missiles are different from the Naze'at 10 and Fajr missiles in type".

He further said that the Ground Force will also unveil its new personnel carriers during the parades to be staged throughout the country on the National Army Day on April 18.

The Army Ground Force test-fired Naze'at-10 and Fajr-5 during military exercises in Central Iran in mid March.

The missiles, which have been designed and built by experts of the Army Ground Force, were test-fired during the first day of the Army's ground drills around Kashan (Isfahan Province) some 340 km South of the Iranian capital.

The missile and rocket units of the Army Ground Force were participating in the drills to display their latest achievements and defensive tactics.

The Fajr-5 is a long-range rocket artillery with a maximum range of 75 km, while Naze'at-10 is a medium-range ballistic missile.

Iranian officials and commanders have repeatedly stressed that all military exercises and trainings of the Iranian Armed Forces are merely meant to serve deterrent purposes.

"When the enemy observes that our Armed Forces are constantly in wargame zones and their fingers are kept on the trigger, it will not dare to invade the Islamic Iran's borders," Army Ground Force Commander Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said in January, underlining the significance of military trainings for boosting the country's deterrent power.

In similar remarks in February, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said military power and achievements of the Iranian Armed Forces merely serve deterrent purposes.

"I am sure that the military power of the Iranian nation is not for attacking or dominating any other country, rather it is meant to be a deterrent factor," President Ahmadinejad said, addressing a ceremony to unveil a new Iran-made fighter jet, named Qaher 313.

"The military power of the Iranian nation is a demonstration of the faith and maturity of the Iranian nation which can defend itself at the lowest costs," Ahmadinejad stated.

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