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Tehrān : Iran | Jul 02, 2012 at 9:40 PM PDT
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According to FARS news agency the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) started “massive missile wargames”, codenamed Payambar-e Azam 7 (The Great Prophet 7).

Different types of Shahab 1, 2 and 3 missiles, Fateh, Tondar, Zahzal, Persian Gulf and Qiyam missiles will be tested in the wargames.

The commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told reporters that the wargames are scheduled to last three days.

The IRGC will fire tens of Qiyam ballistic missiles and Persian Gulf ballistic sea missiles in the drills to test and assess their performance…

Unconfirmed sources insist that the wargames are design to test Iran’s readiness and capabilities to launch a simultaneous missile strike at over 3 dozen targets at one time.

The IRGC did not respond to a emails asking for additional information regarding this particular set of wargames or missile capabilities…

The Shahab is the name of a class of Iranian missiles, service time of 1988 through the present, which comes in six variants: Shahab-1, Shahab-2, Shahab-3, Shahab-4, Shahab-5, Shahab-6.

The Zelzal is an unguided Iranian 610 mm heavy artillery rocket, nicknamed the “earthquake” that can carry a 600 kg (1,323 lb) warhead an estimated 210 km (130 mi). The missile is thought to be based on the Soviet FROG-7 missile…

The Qiyam missile remains a mystery. Oddly the Qiyam was the first missile developed by the republic without stabilizer fins, yet it can fly toward targets using an advanced navigation and guidance system.

The exact capabilities remain unknown.

Iran also did not disclose the range of the missile, but may have a range of a few hundred kilometers, like a Scud. But we dod manage to find video footage of the Qiyam successful test launch on Youtube (see video: Iran successfully tests new missile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozkwsGmlhOY ).

We will continue to monitor the press in Iran for more information.

Robert Tilford

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