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Iran inaugurates nation's first unmanned bomber

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Writer


    TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday inaugurated the country's first domestically built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an "ambassador of death" to Iran's enemies.

    The 4-meter-long drone aircraft can carry up to four cruise missiles and will have a range of 620 miles (1,000 kilometers), according to a state TV report - not far enough to reach archenemy Israel.

    "The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship," said Ahmadinejad at the inauguration ceremony, which fell on the country's national day for its defense industries.

    The goal of the aircraft, named Karrar or striker, is to "keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases," he said, adding that the aircraft is for deterrence and defensive purposes.

    The president championed the country's military self-sufficiency program, and said it will continue "until the enemies of humanity lose hope of ever attacking the Iranian nation."

    Iran launched an arms development program during its 1980-88 war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo and now produces its own tanks, armored personnel carries, missiles and even a fighter plane.

    Iran frequently makes announcements about new advances in military technology that cannot be independently verified.

    State TV later showed video footage of the plane taking off from a launching pad and reported that the craft traveled at speeds of 560 miles per hour (900 kilometers per hour) and could alternatively be armed with two 250-pound (113.4-kilogram) bombs or a 450-pound (204.12-kilogram) guided bomb.

    Iran has been producing its own light, unmanned surveillance aircraft since the late 1980s.

    The ceremony came a day after Iran began to fuel its first nuclear power reactor, with the help of Russia, amid international concerns over the possibility of a military dimension to its nuclear program.

    Iran insists it is only interested in generating electricity.
     
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    Zawadi Ngoda JF-Expert Member

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    1. UNMANNED SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT

    2. NUCLEAR POWER REACTOR

    3. UNMANNED BOMBER

    AND MORE AND MORE......

    I supported Iran before repeatedly, but now I'm convinced that Iran is a really African model. With all the threat that Iran have been receiving from America and her allies, but still they managed to move forward with their programs and reach their goals.


    Through the experience of Iran, we can understand how hard our way to technical development is. We can't stand that type of threat even for a day as individual countries. But if we stand together as African union we can make it.


    Thank God, we have Gadafi, the only African President that understand it. I like the person! He looks mad but his theory works, especially when it comes to continental relationship. Many African Presidents looks wise and smart but nothing from their head is applicable except saving stolen money to Swiss bank .


    May be the Gadafi's and Ahmednejad's language is the only language America and Westerners understand.
     
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