Meanwhile, the Blue Arrow air-to-surface missile
used in the attack by LNA forces is possessed by only three countries: China -- which is its manufacturer -- Kazakhstan, and the UAE, and is paired with the Chinese-built Wing Loong drone, press reports said.
In January 2008, an air-to-surface missile
struck a civilian vehicle carrying three members of the Al-Yazji family killing Mohammed Al-Yazji, his five-year old son, and his 40-year old brother.
The second missile claimed to have been tested successfully is a small laser-guided surface-to-surface or air-to-surface missile
designed to take out small targets.
It said remnants at the scene showed the weapon was an AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile
, Reuters reported.
(In addition to the SLAM-ER and Harpoon, the P-3C is also capable of deploying the short-range Maverick air-to-surface missile
.) The SLAM-ER adds a quantum improvement in air-to-ground attack capability, well beyond that of the Maverick and the Harpoon, although it is a derivative of the latter.
Primary function: INS/GPS guided air-to-surface missile
. Dimensions: Length 14 ft.
The Israeli jets fired at least one air-to-surface missile
. There was no immediate word on casualties.
The Iranian Defense Ministry announced on Mondaythat it has successfully tested two new missiles, including a laser-guided surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile
and a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles carrying Multiple Reentry Vehicle payloads, Fars News reported.
Fifteen more were injured when the air-to-surface missile
struck the vehicle inside Iraq, close to the Syrian border.
A year and a half ago, the ministry prevented the transfer of the Python 4 production line from Rafael to Lockheed Martin's Alabama missile plant, which has manufactured the Popeye air-to-surface missile
, also developed by Rafael, for years.
"The UAV can carry out reconnaissance and surveillance missions, as well as perform combat operations, being armed with air-to-surface missile
type rockets," Dehghan said.