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Iran test fires Fateh 110 surface-to-surface missile

A file photo of Fateh 110 missile.

TEHRAN (AFP): Iran has test fired its home-built surface-to-surface Fateh 110 missile, state television reported , less than a week after a similar test was carried out on another missile.

State television on Wednesday showed a sand-coloured missile being launched from a vehicle and blasting into the sky from a desert terrain, leaving behind a thick plume of smoke. It did not say when the missile was fired.

Iran's English-language Press TV said the Fateh 110 (Conqueror) missile is nine metres long and weighs 3,500 kilograms.

The channel's website quoted Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi as saying that the third generation Fateh 110 was a "single stage solid propellant" missile with a longer range.

He did not specify the range of the missile but Iran has previously paraded a version of Fateh 110 which it said could travel between 150 and 200 kilometres.

Vahidi said the latest version of Fateh 110 was "more accurate."

The launch of Fateh 110 follows an announcement by Vahidi on Friday that Iran had successfully test fired its Qiam (Rising) short range missile, which was propelled by liquid fuel.

The test firing of Fateh 110 comes two days after Iran began mass-producing two high-speed variants of missile-launching assault boats, the Seraj and Zolfaqar.


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