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Iran unveils underground missile silos

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Monday unveiled underground silos that can carry missiles capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf region as it started 10 days of war games, the country's latest show of military force amid a standoff with the West over its nuclear program.

State TV broadcast footage of deep underground silos, claiming that medium- and long-range missiles stored in them are ready to launch in case of an attack on Iran. The silos are widely viewed as a strategic asset for Iran in the event of a U.S. or Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities.

Col. Asghar Qelichkhani, a spokesman for the war games, said the silos "function as a swift-reaction unit."

"Missiles, which are permanently in the vertical position, are ready to hit the pre-determined targets," he was quoted as saying by state TV.

The state television report broadcast footage of underground launching pads for the Shahab-3 missile, which have a range of more than 1,240 miles.

Iran unveils underground missile silos 06/27/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 27, 2011 11:35pm]
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