TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former defense minister says his country is ranked sixth in the world in missile production.
The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi on Sunday as saying that Iran reached this level of manufacturing by "attaining domestic technology for building solid fuel missiles, as well as designing and manufacturing surface-to-surface long-range missiles."
FILE -- This file photo released on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, by the Iranian Defense Ministry, claims to show the launch of the Fateh-110 short-range surface-to-surface missile by Iranian armed forces, at an undisclosed location. (AP)
Vahidi also claimed that Iran is first in the Middle East in missiles production. He gave no specific figures.
Iran occasionally announces military achievements that cannot be independently verified.
Some of Iran's surface-to-surface missiles are estimated to be capable of hitting Israel and the U.S. bases in the region. Both countries have not ruled out a military option against Iran's nuclear facilities. Tehran denies it seeks to make atomic weapons.