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Surface-to-sea missile could target U.S. ships in the Gulf

Iran is one of the nations of the Middle East that much of the world watches closely. The country has a history of threats on those in its region and has been working to build its military might including a uranium enrichment program that has led to sanctions by the U.S. and other countries.
Iran has now announced that it has tested a new naval cruise missile in the Strait of Hormuz. The missile test was conducted during the final day of a 10-day military maneuver. The missile is called the Qader and it is a surface-to-sea weapon designed to destroy enemy ships. Iranian Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi said that the missile struck the intended target with precision and destroyed the target.

[Source: Vancouver Sun]

Iran offered the first glimpse of the missile in August of last year reports the NYT. The weapon is said to have a range of 125 miles, which would allow Iran to target some of the U.S. ships that are operating in the Gulf region. While some officials in the Iranian government have in the past threatened to disrupt shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, Mousavi has denied that the exercises have anything to do with such a blockage. The narrow Strait is a vital shipping lane for oil.
Admiral Mousavi said, "We won’t disrupt traffic through the Strait of Hormuz. We are not after this."
The firing of the Qader missile isn’t the only weapons test that occurred during the exercises. The Iranian Navy also tested a short-range surface-to-air missile called Mehrab. The Iranian state news agency IRNA quotes Admiral Habibollah Sayari of the Iranian Navy saying, "[These military exercises promote] peace and friendship for all countries in the region." He also said that the exercises send a message that foreigners had no room in the region reports the NYT.
Iran also recently claimed to have forced a U.S. drone to land where it wanted using a GPS hack.

Source: NYT

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Iran is so tough it craps Chuck Norris.
By arazok on 1/3/2012 11:38:01 AM , Rating: 5
The media likes to play these things up. I saw another article describing this as a 'Radar-evading battleship destroyer'. I love reading about how Iran could shut down oil transportation through the Strait and how Oil would hit $300 a barrel.

I'm pretty sure that as long as America has at least one aircraft carier within striking distance of Iran, Iran would be lucky to have enough time to even launch one of these things, let alone actually hit an American warship. It would be another face stomping by the American war machine.

Give these clowns a dozen nukes and I'd be surprised if they could even use them to any effect in a war. Ignore the media. This country will never be achieve any of it's regional dominance objectives because its nothing but a third-world chest thumper.

By Skywalker123 on 1/3/2012 4:24:08 PM , Rating: 2
Iran doesn't have to shut down the strait. Lay some mines and fire a few missiles and shipping insurance rates would skyrocket, causing oil to do the same.

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