Iran followed up its third ballistic missile test violation since the signing of the Iran nuclear deal with a fourth test Wednesday morning of two missiles that Iranian officials say are custom-made to attack Israel.
Iran launched the two Qadr missiles Wednesday from a launch area in a central region of the country. Emblazoned on the side of one of the missiles were the words “Israel should be wiped off the Earth” written in Hebrew.
“Iran has built missiles that can hit targets at 2,000 Km. They are designed to hit Israel at such a distance. Israel has been surrounded by Islamic countries and its life is short. So it will collapse in any given war – long before a missile is even fired,” said Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of Iran’s aerospace forces to FARS news agency, an Iranian government mouthpiece.
Iranian media claims that the Qadr missile has a range of around 1,200 miles. Two models were supposedly tested, the Qadr-H and Qadr-F. The H model of the Qadr is particularly dangerous due to its ability operate a multiple re-entry vehicle (MRV). Instead of a single warhead payload, a MRV allows a missile to carry multiple warheads which can be spread along a target in an area of effect pattern.
Iran claimed the H model tested Wednesday is a new version which can be launched from multiple positions and mobile launching platforms.
The Qadr missile tests Wednesday are the fourth since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, was signed in July and follow a test conducted Tuesday. The White House responded to to the Tuesday test by noting missile tests do not breach the Iran deal and that the Obama administration will consult with the U.N. on a proper response.
As a response to the two tests conducted last year, the administration applied new sanctions against the Iranian missile program in January. Iranian officials, however, have claimed they will not be deterred by such sanctions.
“Our enemies have realized that broader sanctions and security pressures have had little impact on our capabilities. That’s why they now seek to confine us in the missile field through economic sanctions,” said IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ali Jafari, the head of the IRGC, while attending the missile tests Tuesday, as reported by Iranian media.
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