Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said his forces are going to receive two types of advanced homegrown ballistic missiles in the near future.
The IRGC will begin receiving Emad ballistic missiles early next Iranian year (to begin on March 20), Brigadier General Hajizadeh told reporters in the city of Mashhad on Sunday.
He noted that the IRGC will be also equipped with a new type of solid-fuel long-range Sejjil missiles.
Sejjil is a ground-to-ground missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers, known as one of Iran’s most advanced ballistic missiles. With a 650-kg warhead, Sejjil runs on solid fuel and can be prepared for launch within minutes.
Emad is also a long-range guided missile that Iran’s Defense Ministry successfully test-fired in October 2015.
Categorized as a new generation of surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Emad is the first Iranian long-range missile that can be guided and controlled until it hits the target with great accuracy.
Iran has in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of military equipment, including the air defense systems that use cutting edge technologies.
Tehran has repeatedly stated that its military might is defensive in nature and poses no threat to other countries.