Iran to Produce Advanced Missile System

15.11.2009 Iran

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Iran will soon be able to produce an advanced missile defence system itself if Russia does not deliver it to the Islamic Republic, a senior lawmaker said in comments published on Sunday.

The warning by Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who heads Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, was the latest sign of growing irritation in Tehran over what it sees as Moscow's failure so far to fulfil a missile sales agreement.

Moscow, which is under Western pressure to distance itself from Iran over its disputed nuclear ambitions, has not followed through on proposals to supply high-grade S-300 Air Defence Missiles to the Islamic State.

'Iran is not a country to come to a halt in the face of non-cooperation of other countries,' Boroujerdi said.

'Naturally and in view of the capabilities it possesses, the Islamic Republic will be able to mass-produce this missile system in a not so distant future,' he said.

He did not elaborate but appeared to refer to a missile system which would have similar capabilities to the S-300.

The Commander of Iran's Air Force, Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi, separately announced plans to produce new 'heat-seeking air-to-air missiles', Jomhuri Eslami Newspaper reported on Sunday.



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