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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Iran Reveals New Details of Shoulder-Fired Missiles -- Anti-terror officials concerned missiles could be given to Iran-supported terror orgs -- By Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Misagh shoulder-fired missile systemIran this month unveiled details on two shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles that are a major concern among U.S. and allied counterterrorism officials due to Tehran’s support for global terrorist groups.

Iran on Dec. 8 published a report outlining the specifications for what it calls the Misagh-1 and Misagh-2 shoulder-fired missile system.

The report in the state-run Islamist Tasnim news agency stated the missiles are superior to the U.S. Stinger anti-aircraft missile and Sweden’s RBS-70 missile system.

According to the news agency, both variants of the missile are 1.5 meters long and can hit targets at a maximum altitude of 4,000 meters.

The report said the Misagh-1 travels at a maximum speed of more than 600 meters per second, and have a total weight of 16.8 kilograms. The Misagh-2 travels at speeds of 850 meters per second.

The missile’s explosive warhead weighs 1.42 kilograms.

The guided missile uses “fire-and-forget” technology that allows the missile to home in on targets. It did not say what type of guidance but it is likely an infrared seeker system.

According to the report, Iran’s military places great emphasis on shoulder-fired missile launchers because of the ease of carrying the weapon in the field and because most of Iran’s anti-aircraft artillery are fixed units and lack firepower.

U.S. officials are concerned about the Iranian portable missile because of Tehran’s close ties to international terrorist groups, notably Hezbollah.

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