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Iran reveals range of Emad ballistic missile

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Iran reveals range of Emad ballistic missile
Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
18 November 2015

A photograph released by the Iranian Ministry of Defence on 11 October shows the Emad RV before the test launch. Source: Iranian MoD

The Emad 'guided ballistic missile' that was unveiled on 11 October has a range of 1,700 km, the Fars News Agency cited Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, as saying on 12 November.

When the Emad was unveiled, it was clear it is not an all-new missile, but a steerable RV that could be fitted to existing Shahab-3/Ghadr-series rockets to turn them into more accurate weapons. The unveiling also included footage of an Emad being test fired that was dated to 10 October.

Fars also cited Gen Hajizadeh as saying that a video of an earlier Emad test had been released more than a month before the official unveiling.

This appears to be a reference to footage aired by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) showing a missile with a steerable RV being fired from a transporter-erector launcher (TEL). The RV appeared to be a different size and shape to the one unveiled on 11 October.

The earlier footage also showed at least two TELs carrying Emad RVs fitted to Shahab-3-class rockets inside an underground facility, suggesting the new RV had already been issued to operational units.
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It's getting ballistic here, there, and everywhere. The proliferation of ballistics missiles should be a worrying concern, however, there is not much attention being given to this development by most people.
There have been agreements seeking to reduce the availability of these weapons. However, I am sceptical that this will be achieved. The frequency of the plans to introduce new weapons by various countries has led me to believe that it has now become a competition to show who might be better at developing these missiles.
 
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