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Navy of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commandos and missile boats in Great Prophet IX Maneuver in the general area of Strait of Hormuz, Persian Gulf, February 2015

Iran announced that for the second time this week, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps test-fired a new missile on Friday.

“Our country is always the arena for testing a variety of defense and strategic systems and these are non-stop movements towards the growth of our deterrent power,” IRGC Commander Major-General Hossein Salami said on Saturday. “And yesterday was one of the successful days for this nation,” he added, according to the Tasnim news agency.


On Thursday, Iranian military forces displayed what was described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile (SAM) defense system.

Salami provided no specific details about the missile that was allegedly test-fired.

Earlier this week, the Islamic Republic unveiled the domestically-manufactured Bavar-373 long-range air defense system, which Iran claims has a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) and can strike targets at an altitude of 65 kilometers (40 miles). Iranian media has likened the Bavar-373 to the Russian S-300 air defense system.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.