Iran has unveiled a ballistic missile reportedly capable of carrying nuclear warheads and with a sufficient range to reach Israel or U.S. military bases in the Gulf.
The Qadr H missile was put on display during military parades held in the capital Tehran this weekend to celebrate the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The unveiling of the Qadr H and several other short-range missiles on Sunday was seen as a show of defiance of Western pressure on Iran to curb its ballistic missile programme.
The Qadr H ‘can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positions and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability,’ FARS News Agency reports.
Experts speaking to U.S. website Free Beacon said the Qadr H is nuclear-capable and ‘appears to share similarities with North Korean technology’
Iran has previously maintained that all of its missiles are designed to carry conventional warheads only and has limited their range to a maximum of 2,000 kilometres, although commanders say they have the technology to go further.
Iran, which fought a brutal war with neighbouring Iraq in the 1980s, sees missiles as a legitimate and vital part of its defence – particularly as regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel import huge amounts of military hardware from the West.
It marked the first time an Israeli jet has been lost in combat since 1982.
Following the loss of the jet, Israel said it carried out strikes that destroyed 12 military sites, including four allegedly occupied by Iranian forces.