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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has produced a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

The report said the Ghadir missile, with a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), is designed to destroy marine targets. It did not give a range for the Nasr-e Basir cruise missile, but said it could "operate in silence," without elaborating.

Iran has unveiled two new drones, the high-altitude Karrar-4 and the Mohajer-4. The latter can be used to generate maps for both military and civilian purposes, IRNA said.

The report said President Hassan Rouhani attended a ceremony marking the inauguration.

Tehran regularly announces military advances that cannot be independently verified.

Iran launched a homegrown defense industry in 1992 that produces light and heavy weapons ranging from mortars to tanks and submarines. It has surface-to-surface missiles with a range of about 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), enough to reach Israel and U.S. military bases in the region.

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