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article imageNew Iranian Missile Could Hit Europe 'in 3 to 4 Years’

By Christopher Szabo     Aug 27, 2009 in World
A leading Israeli defence expert says Iran’s new missile could strike European states in three or four years. Uzi Rubin says the new Sejil-2 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) could even hit London if it's fully developed.
Rubin, who developed Israel’s Arrow anti-missile system, part of the country’s ongoing project to develop a multi-layer missile defence shield, said Iran made a ”technological and strategic breakthrough" with the new missile.
Unlike earlier Iranian rockets, such as the Shehab-3, currently in service in the Revolutionary Islamic state, the two stage Sejil-2 is powered by solid rocket fuels, which are more powerful and reliable than current liquid fuel technology. According to SpaceDaily’s Spacewar website, Rubin told a conference in Huntsville, Alabama, that with a one-ton warhead, Iran could double the present range of the new missile:
Based on its demonstrated achievement in solid propulsion and staging, Iran will face no technological challenges.
The time it would take to double the range and threaten even London? Rubin said:
If they push it — put all the budget, put all the engineers — three or four years.
Rubin added: "I think there was an underestimation of Iranian capability."
Meanwhile the Polish Gazetta Wybocrza reports that Poland and the Czech Republic will be left without a missile shield if President Barack Obama’s new policy towards Russia is put into action.
The Polish daily quoted Riki Ellison, chairman of the Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance, a Washington-based lobby group:
Obama's people believe that many global problems will be more easily solved together with Moscow. It's about priorities. For many Democrats, disarmament is a priority and to reach a new strategic weapons reduction agreement with Russia, they are prepared to sacrifice a lot.
The article indicated that the missile defence shield, now likely to be abandoned, was to have protected the U.S.’ NATO allies against missiles from North Korea or Iran.
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