Iran has displayed its new cutting edge ‘rocket city’ with an underground supply of rockets constrained by its Revolutionary Guards. The base was examined by Hossein Salami, the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who claimed that it presents only a ‘small part of the great and expansive missile ability’ owned by Tehran.
General Hossein Salami took over as Qassem Soleimani’s successor after he was killed in a US drone strike last year in January, bragged that the cruise and ballistic missiles would give a boost to the Guards’ naval forces.
The location of the base was not specified, but the Guards announced last year that they had constructed many underground “missile cities” along the Gulf coast. Iran has claimed that they have Underground facilities accessible both in the country as well as along the Strait of Hormuz since 2011.
Iran lacks an advanced air force due to international sanctions imposed by the United States, but it has invested heavily in indigenous missile production and has one of the largest missile programs in the region.
Tehran asserts that they have missiles that can travel as far as 2,000 km covering a significant part of the Middle East, including Israel, within its range. Iran also has an Emad missile which can carry a 750 kg payload and has a range of 3,000 km.
Iran’s increasing power, a threat to global peace
The US is worried about Iran’s expanding rocket and atomic projects particularly after Tehran penetrated its vows to the 2015 atomic arrangement following the past President Trump association’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018.
The United States and Israel believe that Iran is a threat to global peace, that is why they have put Iran under various sanctions, for example, the UN arms embargo ban which restricts Iran from purchasing advanced weapons frameworks, though Iran has built up its ballistic rockets as a hindrance.
The conflict between Israel and Iran is at an all-time high, and both countries have released statements urging their citizens to brace for war. Both countries have recently accused each other of targeting many merchant ships and destroying them with missiles.
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