New Delhi: The Iran State Media reported that Iran has successfully launched the fourth generation ballistic missile with a potential of 2,000-km range on Thursday. The fourth generation of Khorramshahr ballistic missile named “Kheibar” weighs 1500 kg.
As per the state news agency IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency), the missile was named “Kheibar”, as a reference to a Jewish castle that was overrun by Muslim Warriors in the early days of Islam.
“Our message to Iran’s enemies is that we will defend the country and its achievements. Our message to friends is that we want to help regional stability,” said Iranian Defence Minister Mohammed Reza Ashtiani.
Tehran has said that it would further develop its defensive missile program despite opposition and sanctions from the US and European countries.
Iran says that its ballistic missiles are an important deterrent and retaliatory force against the US and Israel along with other potential regional adversaries. Iran, which has one of the biggest missile programmes in West Asia, says its weapons are capable of reaching Israel and US bases in the region.
But Israeli Defense Forces chief Herzi Halevi has raised the possibility of action against Tehran as a response.