Thursday, Nov 27, 2008
Iran has successfully launched a rocket called “Kavosh 2,” Iran’s state media reported on Wednesday, displaying the Islamic state’s advances in ballistics at a time when the West is worried about its nuclear ambitions.
The launch follows an announcement earlier this month that Iran had test-fired a new generation of surface-to-surface missile, saying the Islamic Republic was ready to defend itself against any attacker.
Tensions between Iran and Israel have been running high in recent months amid speculation of possible U.S. or Israeli strikes against Tehran’s nuclear facilities, which the West suspects form part of a covert weapons program.
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Tehran insists its nuclear work is aimed at generating electricity to meet Iran’s booming demand.
State television did not give any further details about “Kavosh 2,” which means “Explorer 2,” saying details about the home-made rocket will be announced later. “The rocket was launched to register and send correct environmental data and (to test) separation of the engine from the body,” state radio said.
The long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into space can also be used for launching weapons.
This article was posted: Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 5:59 am