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(AP) Iran says it has successfully tested a new air defense system modeled after the U.S. Hawk system during a drill under way in the eastern half of the country.


Air defense chief Gen. Farzad Esmaili says the maneuvers are a strong slap to countries that threaten Iran a reference to America and Israel.


Both Israel and the U.S. have not ruled out a military option against Iran's suspect nuclear program, which the West fears intends to produce a nuclear weapon. Iran denies the charge, saying its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.


State TV on Tuesday broadcast footage said to be from the military drill, showing a Hawk missile being launched and hitting a mock aircraft.


Earlier reports said the new surface-to-air system is named Mersad, or Ambush.


Associated Press
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