Iran has built a 27-meter-long missile capable of delivering a warhead “far beyond Europe,” and placed it on a launch pad on a site close to Tehran, an Israeli TV report said on January 21, showing what it said were the first satellite images of the missile ever seen in the West.
The report stressed that the missile could be used to launch spacecraft or satellites, but also to carry warheads.
The Channel 2 news report showed satellite imagery documenting what it said was Iran’s “very rapid progress” on long-range missile manufacture.
The news report showed one photograph of a site near Tehran, which it said the West had known about for two years, where Iran was working on engines for its long-range missiles.
The report then showed a satellite photograph of a second site, nearby, which featured a launch pad, with the 27-meter missile on it—an Iranian missile “never seen before” by the West.
The TV report said that the missile is capable of taking a manned spacecraft or satellite to space.
The missile is also capable of carrying a conventional or non-conventional warhead “far beyond Europe,” the report added.
The TV report said that the Eros B commercial Earth observation satellite, which launched in 2006 and was designed and manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries and is currently owned by Israeli firm ImageSat International, took the photos.
Israel has long charged that Iran is working toward a nuclear weapons capability, and has publicly opposed any negotiated accommodation with Iran that would leave Iran with a uranium enrichment capability for potential nuclear weapons use.