Iran has achieved a breakthrough in development of its Shihab-3 intermediate-range missile.
Israeli and Western intelligence sources said Iran has developed a new version of the Shihab-3 that could travel significantly farther than previous models. The sources said the new version was also more accurate and contains a larger warhead.
Iran tested the new liquid-fuel Shihab, termed Shihab-3A, twice in 2004. In the first test in August, the sources said, the missile did not fulfill expectations.
But the second test, which took place in September, marked the greatest success of the Shihab program. The sources said the Shihab-3A reached a range of 1,700 kilometers, by far the longest distance of the missile.