High-speed missile with a range of about 1,930 Km:
Iran test-fires precision missile able to reach Europe
IRAN: Iran said it successfully test-fired a new generation of
long range surface-to-surface missile on Wednesday - one that could
easily strike Israel and as far away as southeastern Europe with greater
precision than earlier models.
The Sajjil is a solid fuel high-speed missile with a range of about
1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers), Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar
said on state television.
Solid-fuel missiles are more accurate than the liquid fuel missiles
of similar range currently possessed by Iran. The country has had a
solid-fuel missile with a shorter range - the Fateh, able to fly 120
miles (193 kilometers) - for several years.
The defense minister, quoted by Iran state television, said the
two-stage missile with two solid-fuel engines has “an extraordinary high
capability” but gave no further details. He did not say whether it was
capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. With its range, the missile could
easily strike Iran’s arch-foe Israel and go as far as southeastern
The U.S. military and intelligence agencies observed the missile test
on a range about 225 miles (360 kilometers) southeast of Tehran
Wednesday through “national assets,” a reference to classified imagery
satellites and other kinds of sensors.
A senior U.S. military official contended the missile flew for just 9
seconds, covering 180 miles (290 kilometers) before veering off. The
missile then exploded but it was unclear whether it was a malfunction or
if it was programmed to self-destruct, the official told The Associated
Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss
The U.S. believes the launch tested the first stage of what would be
a two-stage rocket. Iran tested the same rocket last year without
apparent success, the official said.
Tehran, Thursday, AP