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Iran's new 'missile'

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22 April 2010 09:11

There's a question that surely crosses everyone's mind when they see a middle-aged man wearing a hair piece: 'what on earth makes him think we don't notice?'

Iran held its annual Army Day Parade in Tehran on Sunday, and revealed the military equivalent of an ill-fitting toupé. For several years now, there's been speculation (but never confirmation) that Iran was importing long-range Russian surface-to-air missiles of the S-300 family. Bought in numbers, these missiles would severely compromise any Israeli or even American plan for air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.

At Sunday's parade, Iran tried to convince the world (or perhaps just Iranians) that the sale had already occurred. But as Aviation Week blog Ares reported, what we really saw was a flat-bed truck with what look suspiciously like some welded-together oil drums on the back. The Pentagon has now publicly added its view that the missiles are bogus.

For reference, this is Iran's fake S-300:

And this is the real thing: 

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