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Iran carries out test of surface-to-air missile

TEHRAN, April 14 (AFP) - The Iranian armed forces have carried out a successful test of a surface-to-air missile, the first in a new line of air defense weapons, state radio and television said Wednesday.

State television showed pictures of the test launch but did not specify the range of the new missile, which officials said was designed and built entirely in Iran.

An Iranian defense ministry spokesman was quoted as saying that the missile had been tested "successfully and hit its target at an appropriate altitude."

The spokesman said the missile had been named Sayad-1 after Brigadier General Ali Sayad Shirazi, who was assassinated outside his home here on Saturday in an attack claimed by the rebel People's Mujahedeen.

The missile test comes ahead of celebrations of Army Day on April 18.

In July 1998, Iran announced that tests had been carried out of a surface-to-surface missile, the Shahab 3, with a range of 1,300 kilometers (800 miles).


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