Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

Iran Plans Missile System Upgrades

Iran is preparing to augment its missile systems, a leading lawmaker said yesterday (see GSN, Jan. 4).

"We do not conceal the fact that we seek to boost the power of our missile systems," Iran's Fars News Agency quoted parliament speaker Ali Larijani, the nation's former top nuclear negotiator, as saying. "As long as the U.S. and the [Israeli] regime threaten us, we will work on our missile systems which are used for defensive purposes" (Fars News Agency, Jan. 4).

Larijani's remarks corroborated suspicions shared by Western observers that Iran's short- and medium-range missiles could reach Israel and some of Europe, according to Voice of America.

Iran's missile upgrades would address such components as launchpads, target identification and guidance systems, Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said (Voice of America, Jan. 4).

Note to our Readers

GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.

NTI Analysis

  • 3D Submarine Model Collection

    May 27, 2015

    The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies has created a series of 3D models of submarines for the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

  • Chinese Ballistic Missile Models

    May 21, 2015

    This page contains interactive 3D missile models for China. Users can drag the model by pressing and holding their mouse’s scroll wheel. They can zoom in and out on the model by rolling their scroll wheel up and down, and can orbit the model by clicking and dragging their left mouse button.

Country Profile

Flag of Iran


This article provides an overview of Iran's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

Learn More →