Iran tests air missile
Al Jazeera English

Iran has successfully test-fired an air missile, Iranian state media has reported.

Pictures broadcast on Saturday showed the launch of the missile system called the S-200. Though it shares the same name as a Russian missile S-200, it is said to have the capabilities of a stronger Russian system known as the S-300, according to Press TV.

The launch was part of Iran's military exercise that started on Tuesday with the aim of testing the country's air defence capabilities to defend its nuclear plants from possible attacks.

The tested missile was developed by Iranian scientists and is capable of identifying and hitting targets at low and medium altitudes, according to General Hamid Arjangi, a spokesman for the five-day exercise.

The military exercise that concluded on Saturday was the country's biggest air drill, Iranian military officials said earlier this week.

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