Three days after Iran tested a new long-range, surface-to surface ballistic missile, Iranian state TV broadcast unprecedented footage of an underground missile base. Photos and a video showed a tunnel dug deep into a mountain replete enormous missiles, launchers mounted on trucks and technological support.
The Fars News Agency reported “The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force revealed on Wednesday that Iran is dotted with an unknown number of underground missile facilities and launchers. The first time-ever declaration came with footage and images of one of such center that has been dug some 500 meters deep under a mountain, where you can see a depot of long-range Qadr and Shahab ballistic missiles.”
The revelation came amid Iran’s recent belligerent pronouncements:
- Warning the U.S. about making any military move against Iran, General Alireza Tangsiri, a naval commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said this week, "I declare now that if the enemy wants to spark a war against Iran, we will chase them even to the Gulf of Mexico and we will (certainly) do it.
- Commenting on the recent ballistic missile test and the fact that it contravenes U.N. Security Council resolutions which prevent Iran from being involved in any development or testing of ballistic missiles, Iran’s Minister of Defense General Hossein Dehqan said, "To follow our defense programs, we don't ask permission from anyone.”
- The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said all U.S. military bases in the Middle East “are fully within the range of our missiles.”