Friday, January 26, 2007

Iran ready to launch Satellite - Claim by Commission

BREAKING NEWS -- Iran Set to Try Space Launch

By Craig Covault/Aviation Week & Space Technology

Iran has converted its most powerful ballistic missile into a satellite launch vehicle. The 30-ton rocket could also be a wolf in sheep's clothing for testing longer-range missile strike technologies, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reports in its Jan. 29 issue.

The Iranian space launcher has recently been assembled and "will liftoff soon" with an Iranian satellite, according to Alaoddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.
The move toward an independent space launch capacity is likely to ratchet up concern in the U.S. and Europe about Iran's strategic capabilities and intents. Orbiting its own satellite would send a powerful message throughout the Muslim world about the Shiite regime in Tehran.

U.S. agencies believe the launcher to be a derivation of the 800-1,000-mi. range Shahab 3 missile. A Shahab 3 fired from central Iran could strike anywhere in Israel, Saudi Arabia, the entire Persian Gulf region and as far west as southern Turkey.

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Anonymous said...

Perhaps a misfire can reach Russia?

Anonymous said...

Um..I don't think you know what you are talking about. The shahab 3 has no relation to the Safir launch vehicle either than the fact that they are both rockets. But recognizing them as rockets does not make you an expert on this topic. Ashkenazi news really does make me laugh though. Reminds me of the Barbara Frum days.