Iran announces development of new short-range missile

Screengrab via state media official report.

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 4:10 PM PT — Sunday, February 9, 2020

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced its development of a new short-range ballistic missile. On Sunday, General Hossein Salami unveiled the missile on state television.

The general claimed the ‘Raad 500’ can be launched more than 300 miles. It was reportedly developed as part of the nation’s controversial aerospace division, which is attempting to launch satellites into space.

Salami claimed the device was created by a “new generation” of engines, which he said would be key to getting to space.

The development goes directly against the efforts of the Trump administration, which has called for Tehran to disband its aerospace program and stop weapons development.

FILE – In this July 27, 2017, file photo, released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, claims to show the Simorgh satellite-carrying rocket at Imam Khomeini National Space Center in an undisclosed location, Iran. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP, File)

State media also released footage of the ayatollah regime’s latest failed attempt to launch a space satellite. A rocket carried the Iranian made satellite called ‘Zafar,’ which means ‘victory’ in Farsi.

Iranian space officials said the rocket did not reach enough speed to place the satellite into orbit and eventually fell back to earth.

“God willing, with optimizations that will be done in future launches, this part of the mission to place a satellite into orbit will be completed as well,” said spokesman Ahmad Hosseini. “Thanks to God, we reached the majority of the goals that we pursued in this launch, and the data collecting process has been done.”

The incident marked the fourth failed attempt by the ayatollah regime to establish its presence in space.

This Feb. 4, 2020 satellite image from Maxar Technologies, shows activity at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province. (Maxar Technologies via AP)