April 7th Update below (re-stamped and sent to the top) plus some Iranian state video of what Iran claims is the launch.
I pondered the apparent Fajr-3 naming confusion regarding Iran’s recent Missile test a few days ago.. It seems the Jerusalem post had it right.
Without further ado.. The all new Fajr-3?
Photo Credit: AP released April 3rd. Iran Test Fires Fajr-3
Radar avoiding, multiple independent warheads, pinpoint accuracy.
This is type of ballistic missile is capable of Nuclear / Chemical / Biological payloads.
Iran claimed that the Shahab-4 missile they were developing was for satellite launching only, I’d say they were lying.. Fajr-3 my ass, looks like the shahab to me, employed as a mobile ballistic missile. The Shahab-3 was already tested, an improved model was tested last year, there isn’t much else left, maybe the shahab-3d, or shahab-4. I’m sure well now more once the intelligence community digests the details. It should be noted that test firing a missile and deploying a missile in the field are not one and the same.
I can’t fathom how this is not going to devolve into an armed conflict now
It’s one thing to thumb your nose at the World and develop Nuclear Weapon capability, the sad Eurabian continent may appease that sort of thing as a matter of habit, it’s a whole other thing to do so while calling for nation wiping and test firing new Ballistic Missiles capable of multiple warheads, nuclear payloads, and GPS claimed accuracy.
Update April 7th:
The UK Telegraph continues the stunning depth of Iranian coverage, conferring with defense experts on the recent developments who are confirming that the new nose cone on the recently tested Shahab missiles seems consistent with a nuclear capable delivery system.
Detailed analysis of recent test firings of the Shahab-3 ballistic missile by military experts has concluded that Iran has been able to modify the nose cone to carry a basic nuclear bomb. [...]
"This is a major breakthrough for the Iranians," said a senior US official. "They have been trying to do this for years and now they have succeeded. It is a very disturbing development."
Looking at a previous older Shahab image, compared to the one at the top of this page, at the cones specifically the difference is clear..
Photo Credit: Reuters
It does appear looking at the announcements from Iran, that the Shahab is now indeed GPS launch guided for accuracy, capable of Nuclear or WMD delivery, and on the way to MIRV (multiple warhead) ability. These developments are unacceptable, regardless of any stalling compromises with Iran and the games being played by diplomats, a pre-emptive military strike is now not only warranted it is necessary.
The North Korean appeasement model is a total failure, not only did it fail but now the failure is proliferating. The Iranians have not developed these technologies, they have purchased them. That shopping list includes technologies and longer ranged missiles not reflected in these Shahabs.. Yet.
Tehran, Iran, Apr. 06 – Iran will soon add modern and advanced weapons to its military arsenal, Iranian Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar told reporters on the final day of naval war-games in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
"We have plenty of more advanced and modern weapons which we will make use of in the near future", Brigadier General Mohammad-Najjar said. His comments were carried by the government-run news agency Fars.
"These military exercises have a special message for our enemies", the defence minister said of the weeklong war-games.
Iran Focus Video of the missile tests
The following is footage aired on Iranian state television of a new stealth air missile developed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
A senior commander in the IRGC claimed on Friday that the Islamic Republic had developed a new-generation missile which makes use of modern "multiple warhead" technology allowing it to strike several targets simultaneously with superior accuracy. The new domestically-produced missile can "hide from radars" and "evade anti-missile missiles", Brigadier General Hossein Salami, who commands the IRGC Air Force, told state television.
The commander talks in between the launch footage, there’s quite a few takes 1.50 minutes in.
[tags]Iran, Missiles, Military[/tags]