Tehran Unveils New Soumar Long-Range Cruise Missile

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Iran on Sunday unveiled the new Soumar long-range ground-to-ground cruise missile, a weapon with a range of almost 1,500 miles — enhancing the Islamic Republic's capability of targeting U.S. ships operating in the Persian Gulf as well as the Arab Gulf states, Israel, Russia, and parts of Eastern and Central Europe.

In unveiling the weapon, Iranian Defense Minister Hussein Dehqan said the missile further enhances Tehran's power projection and deterrent capability. He also announced that the Qadr and Qiyam — two other long-range missile systems — had been transferred to missile units operated by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and that in the coming year, Tehran will continue to upgrade its long-range missile forces, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs reported Tuesday.

The Soumar missile is believed to be a replica of a Soviet-era KH-55 cruise missile, smuggled out of Ukraine more than a decade ago, which eventually ended up in Iranian hands. The Iranian military has long insisted on opening production lines inside that country. Ever since foreign states refused to sell weaponry to the regime during the 1980-88 war with Iraq, Iran has made developing indigenous weapons production capability a top priority.

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Tehran Unveils New Soumar Long-Range Cruise Missile
 
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Its a replica of a Soviet-era KH-55 cruise missile as the article states. Nothing new here about Iran. Copy-Paste of soviet junks.
 
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