- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 21, 2010

TEHRAN (AP) — Iran’s defense minister said Tuesday the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has received its first batch of new missiles with enhanced guidance systems to hit ground targets.

Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the Defense Ministry supplied the Guard with the upgraded surface-to-surface Fateh-110 missile, which was test-fired successfully last month. The weapon was developed by Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization.

Iran has been pushing to upgrade its missile arsenal, which is already capable of hitting Israel and other parts of the region.

Gen. Vahidi said Iran will further develop the Fateh-110. He gave no details of the missile’s capabilities, but earlier versions had ranges of up to 120 miles.

Gen. Vahidi’s remarks were published Tuesday on the website of state TV.