DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1,300 km (800 miles) on Saturday, state television reports as the country in the Middle East celebrates its achievements during the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Islamic World Revolution of 1979 shows
"With a range of more than 1,300 km … this cruise missile needs a very short time for its preparation and can fly at low altitude," said Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami in statements made during state television the revelation wore ceremony.
Hatami said the new surface-to-surface missile named Hoveizeh came from the Soumar family of cruise missiles that were unveiled in 2015.
Western experts say Iran is often exaggerating its weapons capabilities, although concerns remain about its ballistic long-range missiles. Iran said its attempt to launch a satellite failed in January after Tehran ignored US warnings to avoid such activity.
Washington warned Tehran this month not to launch three scheduled missile launches that, according to the US Security Council, would violate a UN Security Council resolution for using ballistic missile technology.
The United States is concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used to launch satellites could also be used to jump warheads.
Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Paul Tait