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Iran Reports 3rd Successful Missile Test

April 06, 2006|From the Associated Press

TEHRAN — Iran said Wednesday that it had successfully test-fired a "top secret" missile, the third in a week, state-run television reported.

The report called the missile an "ultra-horizon" weapon and said it could be fired from all military helicopters and jet fighters. It gave no other details.

Iran said this week that it tested a surface-to-sea radar-evading missile with remote control and searching systems, state TV reported. It said the Kowsar's guidance system could not be scrambled, and it had been designed to sink ships.

Last week, Iran said it tested the Fajr-3, a missile that it said could evade radar and hit several targets simultaneously using multiple warheads.

Iran also has announced tests of what it called two new torpedoes. Some military analysts in Moscow said the high-speed torpedoes probably were Russian-built and might have been acquired from China or Kyrgyzstan.

Washington said Monday that Iran might have made some military strides, but it probably was exaggerating its capabilities.

The tests came during Iranian war games in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea at a time of increased tension with the United States over Tehran's nuclear program.

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