Iran has started producing the powerful 'Sayyad 2' missile, the semi-official Fars news agency reported today.
General Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the news agency as saying that the Sayyad-2 missile production facility allows the Islamic Republic to hit helicopters, drones and other aerial targets at medium range.
The solid fuel gives the missiles improved accuracy compared to liquid fuelled missiles, which make up the bulk of Iran's air defence arsenal.
Dehghan also said scientists have completed research on another missile system named Talash, or effort.
Tehran has been trying to set up a self-sufficient military program since 1992, putting an emphasis on air defence and naval power.