Iran test-fired 10 surface- to-surface short-range missiles Sunday while in an unrelated incident a military training plane crashed outside the capital after catching fire, a state-run television station reported.

The missile testing came a day after Iran began a series of large-scale military maneuvers geared at testing a new defensive doctrine.

“Saegheh, the missile, has a range of between 80 to 250 kilometers,” or 50 to 155 miles, the television station said. It said the missile was tested in the Kashan desert, about 250 kilometers southeast of Tehran. Saegheh means lightning in Farsi.

The military did not specify whether the new missile was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Iran routinely holds war games.

The Iranian military said the maneuvers reflected the current level of tension in the Middle East.

“We have to be prepared against any threat and we should be a role model for other countries,” local newspapers quoted an Iranian Army spokesman, General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, as saying last week.

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