Iran has also reportedly agreed to substantially increase its monthly payments to the Hamas terror group in exchange for intelligence on Israeli missile capabilities.
Israel’s Channel 12 reported that in a recent meeting in Tehran between senior Hamas officials and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Tehran expressed willingness to raise its monthly payments to a record high of $30 million per month.
Defence Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami said that this week’s missile unveiling was “another significant achievement of power and dignity for the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
He added that “despite the viciousness and conspiracies of the Great Satan America and its mercenaries, the Defence Ministry will not hesitate for a moment to defend the Islamic Republic and to expand security”.
The new air-to-air missiles, named the ‘Yasin’, ‘Balaban’ and ‘Ghaem’ were jointly developed by the ministry and Sa Iran, also known as Iran Electronics Industries.
The Yasin missile is a smart, guided weapon with folding wings that can be fired from a range of 50 kilometres (30 miles) of its target from a manned or unmanned aircraft. The Balaban is also equipped with folding wings and is guided by GPS sensors, and can be mounted under aircraft, and the Ghaem is a heat-seeking missile that can hit within 50 centimetres of a target.