By Raphael Poch
Iran officially unveiled their newest missile which has the ability to reach into parts of Europe. The unveiling of the Soumar missile, which has a range of 2,500 kilometers, now puts all of Turkey, Greece, most of the former Yugoslav peninsula, Ukraine, and large parts of Russia within striking distance. In the east, Iran can now strike anywhere in the range of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, as well as parts of Kazakhstan, India and China.
The missile itself is a copy of the Soviet Kh-55 missile which was allegedly stolen from Ukraine back in 2001 and reverse engineered. The Soumar can only reportedly carry a 200 kilogram payload, which means it does not as of yet possess the ability to carry a nuclear warhead.
According to the Iranian defense industry, the Soumar is the most advanced cruise missile ever designed and built by experts in Iran.
Regardless, Tal Inbar, the head of space research at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, told Israeli media that this was a significant development for the Iranian missile program, and that it represents a “dramatic shift” forward for them. Read Full Article