A top Iranian military official said Iran is set to unveil a “domestically produced” cruise missile capable of reaching Israel and being launched from land, sea, and air.
And he dismissed the U.S. deployment of missile defense systems in the region, saying they could never overpower Iranian missiles, Iran-based Press TV disclosed.
Dubbed “Meshkat,” the Iranian cruise missile was announced by Deputy Defense Minister Mehdi Farahi. With a claimed range of 1,242 miles, the missile could easily reach Israeli cities, including Jerusalem, according to the Tehran-based Mehr News Agency.
Farahi told Press TV that the weapon will serve as “the upper hand of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
“The Meshkat cruise missile will have submarine-, ground- and air-launched properties and could also be fired from a warplane.”
Farahi warned that deployment of an American missile defense system aimed at thwarting Iran won’t succeed.
“We hope that nothing would happen. But if any confrontation is to take place, they will see how their claims will turn out to be groundless,” he said.
The commander of the army's air defense force said earlier that Iran has built about 30 percent of a missile defense system it is developing in place of the Russian S-300 system Moscow refused to sell to the Islamic Republic.
The Iranian government has been continuing its bellicose rhetoric against Israel. In August supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once again threatened Israel with destruction, saying he was confident “the fake Zionist [regime] will disappear from the landscape of geography.”