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Iran announces new long-range ballistic missile system

Homegrown missiles named as Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of the Hashd al-Shaabi group unveiled during a ceremony held via video conference in Tehran, Iran on August 30, 2020. during the ceremony. [Iranian Presidency /Handout - Anadolu Agency]
Homegrown missiles named as Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of the Hashd al-Shaabi group unveiled during a ceremony held via video conference in Tehran, Iran on August 30, 2020. during the ceremony. [Iranian Presidency /Handout - Anadolu Agency]

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps announced a new ballistic missile system capable of consecutively launching multiple, long-range ballistic missiles, Iranian Tasnim News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, The Drive news site revealed that recent videos and photos have shown for the first time an: "Underground Iranian ballistic missile facility in which groups of missiles ready to fire are moved around massive tunnels using an automated railway-type system."

According to the site, the vertically-stowed missile "magazine" appears to bring groups of missiles into position for rapid, consecutive launching from the cavernous subterranean bunker.

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The site confirmed that the new platform is broadly in line with Iran's recently announced "missile farms",  in which short-range ballistic missiles are hidden in buried launchers to help reduce their vulnerability to pre-emptive strikes.

Earlier this year, the US State Department published a detailed report regarding the Iranian missile program, which extends to its supporters including the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The report indicated that Iran possesses the largest and most diverse missile force in the Middle East, with more than ten types of ballistic missiles in service or in development.

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