Sunday, August 22, 2010

Iran Unveils Its Ambassador of Death

It's that time of year when Iran announces its latest weapons systems amid great fanfare (and frequently more than a little photo editing assistance). It announced a new unmanned missile system - realistically it's a form of a UAV that may have a payload system.

The news comes on the heels of Iran fueling its Bushehr nuclear reactor. Iran framed the missile as both the ambassador of death and a "message of hope."
The Iranian military displayed the drone, dubbed the Karrar - or "striker" - at a ceremony attended by top officials. State media say it can carry out long-range attacks up to 1,000 kilometers carrying a 200-kilogram bomb.

President Ahmadinejad called the Karrar a symbol of death to Iran's enemies.

But he also argued the drone serves as "a messenger of salvation and dignity for humanity". The Iranian leader said it is aimed at deterring any act of foreign aggression.

As tensions continue to rise over Iran's disputed nuclear program, so too have discussions of a possible military action by Israel to disrupt it. Israel has not ruled out a strike, in the face of Iranian officials' repeated vows to destroy what it refers to as the Zionist entity.

On Saturday, Iran began loading its long-delayed Bushehr nuclear power plant with fuel. Inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency were on hand to witness the launch of the Russian-built reactor.
Right. This missile is meant to act as a purported deterrent against a possible strike against Iran from Israel or the US. Iran continues building up its long range capabilities against its enemies in the region. That not only includes the Israelis or US bases, but the other Arab countries in the region.

Of course, Iran has been working on its long range strike capabilities for years now, and not all of its efforts have been successful. Despite obtaining missile technology from the North Koreans, the Iranians have had issues with the technology.

It also again highlights the need for missile defense for the US to protect its strategic interests in the region.

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