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Iran tells of new satellites, missile plan

Third generation Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missile is displayed during the annual military parade on September 22,2010 in Tehran,Iran that mark the beginning of the 1980-1988 war between Iran and Iraq. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
Third generation Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missile is displayed during the annual military parade on September 22,2010 in Tehran,Iran that mark the beginning of the 1980-1988 war between Iran and Iraq. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian | License Photo

TEHRAN, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Iran will launch four domestically produced satellites next year and also will mass-produce ballistic missiles, officials announced Monday.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, the defense minister, showed prototypes of the four satellites in a ceremony broadcast on state television, IRNA, the country's state news agency, reported.

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"I think from the end of this [Iranian] year [to March 20] and through the next year, we will see many launches" of domestically built satellites, IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

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At a separate news conference, Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Jafaari, head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, revealed plans to mass-produce ballistic missiles.

The statellites are dubbed Fajr, Rasad, Zafar and Amir Kabri 1. Kavoshgar 4 is the satellite-carrier.

Faja, the country's first sensing satellite, has the ability to change from elliptical orbit to circular orbit, increasing its life expectancy by 18 months, the news agency said.

Rasad is the first imagery satellite capable of taking photographs for meteorological use or identifying sea borders, the report said.

The ceremony occurred a day after Vahidi announced plans for two domestically manufactured fixed ground stations and a mobile station to receive remote sensing images. Vahidi said the stations will receive and process images with an accuracy within 3.2 feet and offer them to users across the country.

Jafaari said the speed of the ballistic missiles exceeds the speed of sound by three times, making them difficult to detect.

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