A TOP Iranian military commander says that the Islamic republic has developed an anti-cruise missile system, the state owned English language television station Press TV reports.
“Despite thirty years of military sanctions by the enemy, the armed forces have taken appropriate steps toward self-sufficiency,” Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani, who heads Iranian army’s air defence office, said.
“Today, we are able not only to identify stealth cruise missiles, but also to destroy them.”
He did not elaborate on the details of the system.
Miqani said Iran was also improving its “existing defence system, constructing tens of anti-aircraft artillery pieces… and active and passive radars”.
In May, Iran said it had launched a production line to manufacture cannons for warships which can be used against cruise missiles.
Iran has boasted in the past of developing new weapons systems only for its claims to be met with scepticism by Western defence analysts.
Top military commanders have often said that Iran has developed missiles which can reach any corner of arch-foe Israel.
Ties between Iran and Israel have deteriorated since the first term of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who said the Jewish state is doomed to be “wiped off the map”. — AAP