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Iran test fires radar evading missile
Posted by: McQ on Friday, March 31, 2006

From Reuters:
Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Friday successfully test fired a home-made missile which can evade radar, state television reported.

"Iran successfully test fired a home-made Fajr-3 missile," Hossein Salami, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander, was quoted as saying on state television.

The missile was tested as part of a week of naval wargames that started on Friday and were due to take place in the Gulf and Sea of Oman.

Previous models of the Fajr range of missiles have been described as a land-based weapons system for use against ships.

"This missile, with the capacity of evading radar, can attack several targets simultaneously," he said, adding the missile was newly developed.

State media described the missile as one of a "new generation". Iran has previously said it had successfully tested missiles carrying the Fajr (Dawn) name.

The range of the new missile was not immediately clear but Salami said it had greater tactical and technical capabilities, state television reported. It also said the missile could not be hit by anti-missile rockets.

Iranian officials were not immediately available for comment.
What Reuters doesn't tell you:
Production of the Fajr-3 missile, with an estimated range of 45 km, was estimated to have started in 1991. ... Fajr-3 has the same caliber, range and warhead weight as three known North Korean systems.
And most importantly:
The Fajr-3 is a 5.2 meter long, solid-fuel rocket supplied by Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The rocket has a diameter of .24 meters, a weight of 407 kilograms and carries a 45 kilogram warhead up to 43 kilometers. The Fajr-3 produced in Iran, starting in March 1990, is based upon a rocket exported to Iran by North Korea in the late 1980s.
For use against ships indeed.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

"Axis of Evil", anyone?
Written By: docjim505
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I can’t get past "Salami" and take the article seriously in the first place. It’s like trying to run an article about the NCAA tournament and expecting to be taken seriously when quoting "Big Boobs Magee".
Written By: Isaiah
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I can’t get past "Salami"...
You’d prefer he was named Baloney? ;)
Written By: McQ
Well at least that would be more appropriate. Perhaps one of their other Revolutionary Guard commanders will say something, General Mohammed Buhl-Shiite perhaps?
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
I think you nailed it early. Throughout the day, Salami’s words (both spoken and unspoken) have led to some pretty wild speculation about what the heck he’s talking about. This is probably intentional on the part of the IRGC command.

My take: A new MLRS ballistic with individual guidance and a new stealth coating.

A nice weapon improvement for them, which can be defeated by precision direct defensive countermeasures or offensive brute force via air.

Not at all the ICBM MIRV many are panting about. Even if it were, are we to believe that Iran’s first indigenous nuclear warhead is going to be so small and potent as to allow three or four of them on a single missile? There is doubt they can currently get one onto their current ’ballistic’ missile stock.

Well done here.

A follow-up *here*

Written By: Steve Schippert
"Radar evading" means exactly what ? I mean, they don’t fly radar systems.

Perhaps the ships being shot at should focus their radar on the missile so it will evade the ship. Besides many anti-missiles sytems utilize more than one targeting and triggering system.

It’s just fantasy.
Written By: Neo
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Whether the Fajr-3 is hype or fact isn’t what concerns me most. The Iranian military has no chance of standing up to the US military, obviously, but they already have the ability to shut down the Strait of Hormuz - heck, we were told that when I was there in ’97. It is old news that they have plans to use Chinese-made Silkworms, sea-skimming cruise-missiles ("radar evading"?), suicide subs and thousands of small boats and mines can stop the trade ships ("oil"), and they intend to do it in the event of armed conflict with us. They will target our 5th Fleet ships, as well. There really isn’t an effective way to defend against some of these plans, including the cruise missiles and mines. If the Fajr-3 were 100% bogus, that wouldn’t exactly make everything okay.

War with Iran is not something we want. Is armed conflict with Iran avoidable? I don’t really hear anybody saying it is. The world seems to be waiting with legs crossed for something to happen.
Written By: Wulf
Wulf, combat is uncertain, but I think over-estimate the Iranian forces. The 1987-88 re-flagging started rough, but in the end it was the Iranians who were defeated, in the same region agaisnt roughly the same forces, though now the Regular Forces have SSK’s. How up to date are the Chinese Silkworms? Aren’t they upgraded Styx missiles, a missile that hasn’t scored a hit since 1973?

Matt McIntosh and others will say I’m a "cowboy" and that’s OK. The Pasddaran and the Iranian regular forces are not that impressive, mines, suicide boats, and all... Just my opinion, toss it around and see what yuou guys think.
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