Tehran, Aug 22 (ANI): Iran has unveiled an upgraded version of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile just weeks after it was test-fired.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while unveiling the upgraded weapon said Iran was seeking to develop its defence capabilities "not in an aggressive context, but as a deterrence".
"We do not seek progress in the defence industry for conquest. We want it to defend ourselves, our territory, our existence," the BBC quoted Ahmadinejad, as saying.
"Secondly, we want it for defending human dignity," he added.
According to the report, Iran's state-run media said the upgrade included quicker launching, a longer life and use in poor weather conditions.
The Iranian government has made it clear that if it is attacked either by Israel or the US, it will respond in kind, either directly or through proxies.
It is not thought to have the capability to launch a nuclear weapon, but Iran has stockpiled a range of short and medium-range missiles. (ANI)