Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) demonstrated three ballistic missiles at Azadi (“Freedom”) Square in Tehran today, February 10, on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Among the missiles on display were the Zolfagar Basir, Dizful, and Kiam, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.
“Zolfagar Basir” with a range of 700 kilometers is the newest missile system of the IRGC Aerospace Forces. It is equipped with an optical seeker and can hit naval targets.
“The Dizful has a range of up to 1,000 kilometers and is a surface-to-surface missile.
The Qiam missile has a range of up to 800 km and is in service with the IRGC and the Iranian Army in two variants – Qiam-1 and Qiam-2. The missile is equipped with a guided missile warhead.
“Qiams were used in a strike on the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq, where the U.S. military was stationed, after the U.S. Air Force operation early last year resulted in the killing of IRGC Special Forces Qods Commander General Qasem Suleimani at Baghdad International Airport, IRNA noted.
As a reminder, Iran’s missile program has been drawing growing criticism from Western countries and Tehran’s traditional adversaries in the Middle East region – Saudi Arabia and Israel – over the past years. Iran should abandon missile launches to avoid increasing economic and diplomatic isolation, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed out. France, Britain, and Germany issued a joint text on December 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London regarding Iran’s missile program. The three European permanent members of the UN Security Council indicated at the time that “Iran’s development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons” runs counter to Security Council Resolution 2231 of the world body (July 20, 2015), which calls on Tehran not to take any action related to such missiles