Massive explosion in Parchin missile site of the
Islamic Republic Guard Corps
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF RESISTANCE OF IRAN
November 14, 2007
NCRI - Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, November 13) a series of explosions rocked Parchin Military Site (where missiles, including Cruise missiles, are manufactured) in southern Tehran. As a result, several military personnel of the site were injured.
The explosions reportedly started in missile industries section of the Site. When shrapnel of the explosions hit another sections, eight other warehouses located next to each other were engulfed in flames.
The fire, which began at 2:00 p.m. and was put out at 8:00 p.m., was so extensive that fire fighters from seven fire stations rushed to the scene. Four of the injured were Mostafa Nourizadeh, Alireza Verdi-lou, Nasser Rezai, and Morteza Motahari.
The clerical regime is trying very hard to prevent the news of the incident to leak and claimed that it was a normal fire. To this effect, in a memorandum to its staff and other relevant organs, it was stipulated that since the area is of military nature, no information should leak. The regime has also established a crisis headquarters to deal with the situation.
Parchin, located 30 kilometers south of Tehran, is a sprawling 60 square kilometer site. Centers and defense related industries located in Parchin belong to the Ministry of Defense (The Defense Industries Organization, Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization, and Institution for Research and Training of the Defense Industries.)
The huge site is organized into 11 different projects for production of various weapons and munitions. Projects 4 and 11 are devoted to production of Cruise missiles; projects 1, 2 and 8 are devoted to chemical weapons production.
In addition to Cruise missiles, other types of missiles, including Oghab (Eagle), Nazeat missiles, air to air missiles and solid fuel for missiles are manufactured in Parchin's missile complex.
Parts of the Parchin site are devoted to conducting research on uranium enrichment using laser technology.