Iran Launches Three Satellites That Improve Capabilities of Ballistic Missiles

It’s pretty clear that most people in the West are not aware that Iran is a pretty advanced military power. They’re definitely the most serious developer of military hardware in the “third world,” by a lot.

There are rumors that Russia buys their equipment to use in the Ukraine.

Still, most Americans, and probably even most Europeans, think of them in terms of “Iraq with a different letter at the end.”

New York Post:

Iran said Sunday it successfully launched three satellites into space, the latest for a program that the West says improves Tehran’s ballistic missiles.

The state-run IRNA news agency said the launch also saw the successful use of Iran’s Simorgh rocket, which has had multiple failures in the past.

Footage released by Iranian state television showed a nighttime launch for the Simorgh rocket.

An Associated Press analysis of the footage’s details showed that it took place at the Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province.

State TV named the launched satellites Mahda, Kayhan-2 and Hatef-1.

It described the Mahda as a research satellite, while the Kayhan and the Hatef were nanosatellites focused on global positioning and communication respectively.

The United States has previously said Iran’s satellite launches defy a UN Security Council resolution and called on Tehran to undertake no activity involving ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

UN sanctions related to Iran’s ballistic missile program expired last October.

It’s incredible that they’re still claiming that Iran has to honor the deal that the US unilaterally pulled out of. That’s one of those “we stand in awe of the Jew” moments.

But yeah, they’re launching advanced satellites, they are on the cutting edge of drone development (that’s true, as far as I can gather – the West has not invested anywhere near the amount of effort into their drone program that they should have).