Iran launches military projects, strongly warns against any attack

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- In the past two days, Iran launched anumber of military projects and warned its enemies strongly against anyattack on the country.
  On Monday, Iran opened the production lines of two home-made,high-speed assault boats, dubbed the Seraj (Lamp) high-speed boat and anew generation of the high-speed Zolfaghar (named after Shiite ImamAli's sword) boat.
  According to the local satellite Press TV, the new version ofZolfaghar boat is capable of launching missiles and sailing at a speedof 70 knots (82 mph), and can operate in an average wave height of 1.21meters while its missiles will effectively work at a height of 1.25meters.

  Meanwhile, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidiwho had participated in the inaugural ceremony of the boats, said thatthe Seraj is a fast and offensive rocket launcher designed for regionswith tropical weather, according to the official IRNA news agency.
  Vahidi said the boat enjoys high efficiency and maneuver power,adding that it is equipped with advanced electronic andtelecommunications facilities.
  Both of the boats have been designed to conduct immediate strikes on enemy ships, he added.
  Vahidi said that the vessels would help strengthen Iran's defensecapabilities and would be deployed to provide security to the PersianGulf, the Sea of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz.
  The Islamic Republic of Iran, enjoying modern and complicateddefense industries and its powerful and committed forces, is able tomaintain the security of the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and theHormuz Strait at the highest possible level, he said.
  Besides, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Navy CommanderRear Admiral Ali Fadavi said on the sidelines of the opening ceremonythat Iran's IRGC is ranked first in terms of possessing the fastestmissile-launching assault boats.
  "Iran is second to none in the world when it comes to high- speedmissile-launching vessels," he was quoted as saying by Press TV.
  "American warships currently have a maximum speed of 31 knotswhile Iranian vessels can travel twice as fast," said Fadavi accordingto the report.
  Speed is a significant factor as far as vessels are concerned, hesaid, adding that the IRGC's Navy is capable of countering anyaggression.
  In the day, Vahidi warned the enemies of the country, implying theUnited States and Israel, not to "play with fire" by attacking Iran.
  "We won't invade any country and we will extend our hand to allworld states, but will give a hard and extensive response to anycountry willing to play with fire and making illogical actions againstIran," he was quoted as saying.
  In case of any attack, Iran's reaction to any kind of stupid actswill be unpredictable and "Iran's reaction to any kind of attacks byenemies will not be limited to a small region," he said according toIRNA.
  In August, the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff MikeMullen said the United States has a plan in place to attack Iran if itis necessary.
  "Military actions have been on the table and remain on the table"for curbing Iran's nuclear ambition, Mullen, the highest- ranking U.S.military officer, told NBC's "Meet the Press."
  The United States and Israelis have refused to rule out thepossibility on launching unilateral military strike against Iran'snuclear facilities.
  Iranian military officials have dismissed the threats, saying Iranhas prepared defensive plans to face any threats by the enemies.
  On Sunday, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel is"too weak to attack Iran," and will receive a crushing response if itlaunches a military strike against Iran.
  In the day, Ahmadinejad unveiled a home-made unmanned long- range,4-meter-long bomber drone, dubbed Karrar, with the flight range of1,000 km at a very high speed.
  "This jet has mainly the message of peace, friendship and dignityfor humanity," and "it is also the messenger of death for (Iran's)enemies," Ahmadinejad said in a ceremony marking the country's DefenseIndustry Day at Tehran's Malek Ashtar University known for its militaryresearches.
  Iranian defense minister said Friday that Iran has successfullytest-fired a new surface-to-surface missile, Qiam, which has beenequipped with new technical specifications and exceptional tacticalpowers.
  Iran has reiterated that its military capability enhancements have defensive and peaceful purposes.

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