“The successful test-firing of the Iran-made ballistic missiles yesterday was a firm response to the prating and talkativeness of the US officials who threaten the Iranian nation continuously,” Dehqan told FNA in the Northern city of Semnan on Tuesday.
“Testing the missiles was a clear response to the US officials’ worn-out phrase 'the military option is on the table',” he added.
Dehqan stressed that the Iranian Armed Forces and nation are always ready and even welcome the Americans's testing themselves in a military confrontation to witness its consequences.
The Iranian Defense Ministry announced on Monday that it has successfully tested two new missiles, including a laser-guided surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile and a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles carrying Multiple Reentry Vehicle payloads.
The ministry said it has successfully tested a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles with Multiple Reentry Vehicle payloads and a laser-guided air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missile named Bina.
The missiles were test-fired in a ceremony on the eve of the 35th anniversary of the victory of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution to mark the occasion.
Speaking during the ceremony, Dehqan noted that Bina missile is laser-guided and can be fired from aircraft and different ground launch platforms.
Bina laser-guided missile
“This missile (Bina) is capable of precisely hitting important targets, including bridges, tanks, military hardware and command centers of enemies,” the Iranian defense minister said.
He enumerated the high-speed in destroying the targets, easy maintenance and high-speed of operation as specifications of Bina missile.
The minister further noted Iran's newly developed ballistic missile with MRV payload, and said it has been designed and produced for destroying enemy’s military hardware and all types of enemy military equipment.
“Evading enemy’s anti-missile defense systems, the capability of destroying massive targets and destroying multiple targets are specifications of this missile,” the Iranian defense minister said, but did not name the new weapon.
The hi-tech weapon is owned only by the major world powers. President Rouhani has congratulated the Supreme Leader, the nation and the military forces on the giant achievement.
A Multiple Reentry vehicle payload for a ballistic missile deploys multiple warheads in a pattern against a single target. (As opposed to Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, which deploys multiple warheads against multiple targets.) The advantage of an MRV over a single warhead is that the damage produced in the center of the pattern is far greater than the damage possible from any single warhead in the MRV cluster, this makes for an efficient area attack weapon. Also, the sheer number of Warheads make interception by Anti-ballistic missiles unlikely.
Trajectory and Targeting of Ballistic Missiles with MRV Payloads
Improved warhead designs allow smaller warheads for a given yield, while better electronics and guidance systems allowed greater accuracy. As a result MIRV technology has proven more attractive than MRV for advanced nations. Because of the larger amount of nuclear material consumed by MRVs and MIRVs, single warhead missiles are more attractive for nations with less advanced technology. The United States deployed an MRV payload on the Polaris A-3. The Soviet Union deployed MRVs on the SS-9 Mod 4 ICBM. Refer to atmospheric reentry for more details.
MRIV payload (Photo from Google Archives)
Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.
Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.