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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Defiant Iran successfully tests another ballistic missile

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Thursday that the country’s Revolutionary Guard has successfully tested another ballistic missile, while boasting that Iran’s efforts to build a “better” home-made version of the Russian S-300 defense system were well on their way. 
The Fars report quotes Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard’s airspace division, as saying the missile destroyed a target from a distance of 250 kilometers (155 miles). The report said the sea-launched ballistic missile dubbed Hormoz 2 was tested last week, providing no additional details.
Fars also quoted Major General Ataollah Salehi saying that Iran was “capable of building our needed equipment and we have built and are building a system better than the S-300”.
The operational readiness of the system, dubbed as Bavar (Belief) 373, will be tested in late May, according to the report.

The Times of Israel