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UPDATED: 10:40, September 08, 2006
Iran tests 1,000-kg guided bomb
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Iran yesterday ended its large-scale military exercises by testing firing a 1,000-kilogram guided bomb, state-run television reported.

"It is a flying bomb and can be used as a guided long-range air-to-surface missile," General Amir Amini, deputy commander of Iran's air force, told state TV.

Amini added that the bomb was a special weapon developed for penetrating military, economic and strategic targets located deep underground on the soil of the enemy.

He said the bomb has an "exceptional" explosive power against its targets either on the ground or in the sea.

The bomb, named Qassed or Herald, was shown in a televized picture in white, yellow, red and green colours.

A flying bomb is an unmanned aerial vehicle or small aircraft carrying a large explosive warhead. In contrast to a bomber aircraft, which is intended to release bombs and then return to its base, a flying bomb crashes into its target and is therefore itself destroyed in its attack.

Iran is involved in a major military build-up, concerned about the US military presence in neighbouring Iraq and Afghanistan at a time when the international community has threatened to impose sanctions against Teheran because of its disputed nuclear programme.

The European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana said yesterday a meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator seen as the last diplomatic efforts before the case is reported to the UN Security Council had been set for Saturday, but would not reveal where.

During maneuvres dubbed "The Blow of Zolfaghar," which began on August 19, Iran has test fired short range surface-to-surface and sub-to-surface missiles, a new air defence system, fighter planes and laser bombs.

State TV said that Iran had flown a light fighter plane which has capability of close-range support, Azarakhsh or Lightning, during Wednesday's exercises. It did not explain the delay in the announcement.

Azarakhsh is derived from the reverse engineered components of US fighter planes and was the first warplane to be manufactured domestically in Iran.

Also on Wednesday, Iran exhibited its first locally designed fighter plane, the bomber Saegheh, which is similar to the American F-18 fighter plane.

Source: China Daily

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