Iran General NewsIran Reports Gain in Test of Missile Fuel

Iran Reports Gain in Test of Missile Fuel

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New York Times: Iran said Tuesday that it had successfully tested a solid-fuel motor for its medium-range ballistic missile known as Shahab 3, raising concerns that it could reach its enemies, including American forces in the region and Israel, with more precision. Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani told state television the test was a success but did not say when it had been carried out.
New York Times

TEHRAN – Iran said Tuesday that it had successfully tested a solid-fuel motor for its medium-range ballistic missile known as Shahab 3, raising concerns that it could reach its enemies, including American forces in the region and Israel, with more precision.

Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani told state television the test was a success but did not say when it had been carried out.

“When you fill a missile with liquid, you have to use it quickly,” he said. “With solid fuel, a missile can be stored for years. And in addition, it makes the missile more accurate and cheaper.”

Iran’s ambition to develop its nuclear program and its missile industry has been a major concern for the West. Iran announced large-scale production of the Shahab 3 last year. If Iran were to develop nuclear weapons, the missile would make it possible to deliver them to targets more than 1,200 miles away.

The new fuel technology is a breakthrough for Iran’s military. Solid-fuel missiles can be stockpiled for much longer than liquid-fuel weapons, making mass production much more practical.

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