Ashoura (missile)

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Teep Strategic MRBM
Service history
In service 28 November 2007–present
Uised bi Iran Iran
Production history
Manufacturer Iran Iran
Diameter 2.2 m
Warheid One

Ingine solid fuel rocket [1]
2000 ~ 2500 km

In November 2007, Iranian Defence Meenister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar annoonced Iran haed biggit a new missile with a range of 2,000 km, the Ashoura missile. Najar said: "The Islamic Republic o Iran haes never aimed tae launch an attack on ony kintra. It will never do so. But if someone wants tae invade Iran, thay will face a crushing response bi the airmed forces." He did nae say hou the missile differed frae the Shahab-3, which haes a range of 2100 km. An aa called Sejjil-2.[2]

He told the gathering Basij militia during the manoeuvres they were haulding that same week that: "The construction of the Ashoura missile, with the range of 2,000 km, is amang the accomplishments of the Defence Meenistry."[3]

According tae Jane's Defence Weekly,[4] the Ashoura represents a major breakthrough in Iranian missile technology. It is the first twa-stage MRBM uising solit-fueled rocket motors instead of the existing liquid-fueled technology uised on the Shahab. This would dramatically reduce the setup and deployment time for the missile and hence, shorten the amoont of warning time for the enemy and increase accuracy. Jane's notit that while the development parallels Pakistan's Shaheen-II MRBM there is nae evidence tae suggest there haed been ony prior technology exchynge or with its ither kent technology pairtners sic as North Korea, Indie or Cheenae [5] The Ashoura wis developit by the Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group (SBIG) unner the Sanam Industrial Group (Depairtment 140) which is pairt of the Defense Industries Organisation (DIO) of Iran.

The missile is named efter the Day of Ashura, an important releegious commemoration in Shia Islam.

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