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Published:February 19th, 2009 13:15 EST
Iran's Arms Race: Is It On?

Iran's Arms Race: Is It On?

By Vincent Gonzalez

A top defense official for Iran, Deputy Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi was the first top official revealing the range of Iran`s unmanned surveillance aircraft. According to his remarks, the drone has a range of more than 600 miles - enough to reach Israel. His remarks were published Wednesday in the government-owned newspaper, Iran, and by the semiofficial Fars news agency. Though his remarks can not be independently confirmed, his comments were the first by a top official revealing its range.

Iran announced two years ago it had build an unmanned aircraft, Vahidi`s comments are among the first known comments to reveal its estimated range. Wednesday`s reports follow this week`s announcement that Iran has restructured its military. It is an effort by the government to improve its air defense capabilities.