Iran has successfully tested a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers. The Khyber missile, which was tested on Thursday, is claimed to be capable of hitting Israel and US bases.
The British news agency Reuters has reported this with reference to Iran’s state media.
According to the report, Iran brought forward such a missile two days after the head of Israel’s armed forces announced that it would take ‘measures’ against Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program.
According to the news, Iran has the largest missile program in the Middle East. The country says its latest missiles are capable of reaching Israeli and US bases in the region.
Incidentally, Tehran has announced further development of its ‘defensive’ missile program despite opposition from the US and its ally the European Union.
Iran’s Defense Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani said, ‘Our message to Iran’s enemies is – we will defend our country and achievements. Our message to our friends is that we want to help maintain regional stability.
Footage broadcast by Iran’s state TV showed the test-fire of an upgraded version of the country’s Khoramshahr 4 ballistic missile. Which has a range of 2000 km and is capable of carrying 1500 kg warhead.
State news agency IRNA said the missile was called ‘Khyber’. It is named after the Khyber fort captured by Muslim warriors in the early days of Islam.