Iran’s Defense Ministry carried out a field test of the latest version of its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile on Wednesday, state television reported. Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said last week Iran was working on improvements to the range and accuracy of Shahab-3, which defense experts say Tehran could use to strike arch-foe Israel or U.S. military bases in the Gulf.
State television said Wednesday’s field test was carried out “to assess the latest developments implemented on this missile.”
A Defense Ministry spokesman declined to elaborate on the television report.
Based on the North Korean Nodong-1 and modified with Russian technology, the Shahab-3 is thought to have a range of 810 miles which would allow it to strike anywhere in Israel.
Amid media speculation that Israel may try to halt Iran’s nuclear program by carrying out air strikes on some atomic facilities in Iran, Iranian officials have been quick to stress that Tehran would retaliate promptly and strongly to any such attack.