Iran Test Fires Naval Cruise Missiles During Military Exercises
January 3, 2012 10:40 AM
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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
. 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
Iran also recently claimed to
have forced a U.S. drone
to land where it wanted using a GPS hack.
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RE: Which countries ?
1/3/2012 12:46:04 PM
Iran has a past history of attacking oil tankers in the Gulf region. Their weapon of choice was the Silkworm missile.
RE: Which countries ?
1/5/2012 8:23:39 PM
The Silkworm use was more than 20 years ago, and even then it was of little use against real military vessels. Though they have better weapons now, I'm not sure they would fare well against a US military vessel.
And Iraq was shooting up ships, too, managing to hit the USS Stark with two Exocets. I don't think either country hit any military vessels not each other's during the war.
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