Posts Tagged ‘missile test’

Pakistan test-fires pair of ballistic missiles – CNN.com

Samstag, Mai 8th, 2010

Pakistani forces conduct military exercises in April near the  Indian border.

Pakistani forces conduct military exercises in April near the Indian border.

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistan has test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the military said Saturday.

Both the Shaheen-1, which can hit a target 400 miles (650 kilometers) away, and the Ghazvani, with a range of 180 miles (290 kilometers), were fired successfully, Pakistan military officials said.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who witnessed the event with several senior military officials, said that the nation had developed a strong nuclear deterrence capability, according to a government statement.

He said that Pakistan’s armed forces were “fully capable of safeguarding Pakistan’s security against all kinds of aggression,” according to the statement.

Gilani mentioned last month’s Nuclear Security Summit hosted by President Obama in Washington, an event aimed at enhancing international cooperation to prevent nuclear terrorism. Much of the event focused on Iran’s nuclear program, which has drawn deep concerns from the West.

However, the international community also has had concerns about the stability of the Pakistani government and the security of its nuclear arsenal, questioning whether it’s safe from the hands of the Taliban.

Gilani on Saturday said the world can now move “beyond safety and security concerns,” the statement said. “These were laid to rest at the Nuclear Security Summit where Pakistan forcefully projected a forthright stance on the issue and the world expressed satisfaction at Pakistan’s nuclear security arrangements.”

Estimates of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal currently range from 60 to 100 weapons. It first declared its status as a nuclear power in 1998, testing five bombs in an exchange with its south Asian archrival, India.

viaPakistan test-fires pair of ballistic missiles – CNN.com.

Iran reportedly tests five new missiles – CNN.com

Sonntag, April 25th, 2010

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard practice attacking a naval vessel during military exercises in the Persian Gulf.

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard practice attacking a naval vessel during military exercises in the Persian Gulf.

Tehran, Iran (CNN) — Iran said Sunday it fired five new types of locally-made coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles in the last stage of its “Great Prophet 5″ military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf.

The missiles were fired simultaneously and struck a single target at the same time — a feat the Revolutionary Guard Corps described to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting as “very important.”

The military exercises on Sunday also included high-speed boats waging a “war” against a warship.

The maneuvers fell on the 31st anniversary of the elite force and were designed to demonstrate new weapons systems.

Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy chief of the Revolutionary Guard told Iranian media that the exercises were aimed at demonstrating Iran's “strength, will and national resolve to defend independence and territorial integrity.”

The U.S. military official noted there have been several Iranian exercises in the past, but this one received attention because the Revolutionary Guard Corps discussed it publicly in advance.

The U.S. Navy currently is operating several warships in the region, and commanders are often reminded not to let any encounters with Iranians inadvertently escalate.

Iran's missile development is being watched closely by the United States, which is pressing for tougher sanctions against the Islamic republic for its controversial nuclear program.

viaIran reportedly tests five new missiles – CNN.com.