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Sajjil-2 Missile

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Iran has testfired an upgraded version of its most advanced missile, which is capable of hitting Israel and parts of Europe, in a new show of strength aimed at preventing any military strike against it amid the nuclear standoff with the West. The Sajjil-2 is longest-range missile, with a range of about 2,000 kms. Sajjil- 2 is powered entirely by solid fuel while the older, long-range Shahab-3 missile uses a combination of solid and liquid fuel in its most advanced form. Iran has repeatedly warned it will retaliate if Israel or the United States carries out military strikes against its nuclear facilities. In Persian, Sajji is translated as “baked clay,” serving as a powerful allusion to Surat al-Fil. The Sajjil-2 made its debut in May and was tested for a second time in September. Both tests reveal several improvements from its predecessor, the Sajjil-1.

The current model houses a more advanced navigation system and operates entirely on solid fuel, both of which make the missile incredibly accurate. In addition, its solid fuel propellant can be constructed in advance and moved or hidden with relative ease. Iran's decision to construct 10 more uranium enrichment plants was taken in response of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resoluyion asking Tehran to freeze immediately, work on its new uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qom. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during his address to a Cabinet session that Iranian nuclear power plants should eventually generate up to 20,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually. To achieve this target, Iran should have an annual capacity to produce 250 to 300 tonnes of nuclear fuel, coupled with an installation of 500,000 new high-performance centrifuges. Presently, Iran produces Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) to a less than five per cent level.