Iran unveils new cruise missile to showcase naval strength in Persian Gulf

The Iranian Navy unveiled a new cruise missile during their large-scale drills in the Persian Gulf on Thursday.

Persian forces test fired cruise missiles in a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman and northern Indian Ocean, state media reported . The report by the official IRNA news agency said the missiles destroyed targets at a distance of 280 kilometers (170 miles).

Iran regularly holds military exercises in the Gulf of Oman, which is close to the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Arabian Gulf where up to 20 percent of the world’s oil trade passes.

 It said the tests took place during a naval drill by Iran’s Navy in the Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean.

The  naval exercises was conducted to commemorate the “Martyrdom of Ramadan Heroes” in the North Indian Ocean and the Sea of ​​Oman, during which they launched short and long-range cruise missiles made by the Ministry of Defense, which destroyed their specific strategic objectives over a distance of 280 km, as the extent of this Missiles are subject to increase.”

During these exercises, “the Bahr-Bahr missiles were launched in short and long ranges simultaneously from the coast and from the surface of the army’s naval ships, where they hit their targets successfully and with high accuracy.”

The “Martyrdom of Ramadan Heroes” exercises were conducted freely to honor Imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq, and coinciding with the lapse of forty days since the death of the soldiers in the Kanark accident.

According to Admiral Habibullah Sayyari, the launch of cruise missiles during the naval exercises was “a promising step in raising the level of defensive and deterrent capabilities.”

Sayyari said, as quoted by the Tasnim News Agency: “We will move forward on the clear path of self-sufficiency and dependency on field equipment, with the mission of experts of the Ministry of Defense, knowledge centers, army cadres and armed forces, without regard for the unjust embargo, and that the launch of our long-range missiles successfully implies signs of remarkable progress in achieving mutual cooperation between the forces.”

For his part, Navy Commander of the Iranian Army, Admiral Hussain Khanzadi, said, “The achievement of these new successes, relying on local capabilities and Iranian youth, represents the upper hand of the Islamic Republic to face any threat against the government and the people, and it will enhance the spirit of self-confidence in our armed forces.”

As for the Iranian Deputy Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Qassem Taqi Zadeh, he affirmed that “the Ministry of Defense will spare no effort to assign and upgrade the combat capabilities of the armed forces, and that the manufacture of various types of strategic equipment is the most accurate and sophisticated in the fields of missile, land, air, sea, air defense, and electronic warfare. The radars add another golden page to the Ministry of Defense’s feats record.”

United States in April accused Iran of conducting “dangerous and harassing” maneuvers near American warships in the northern Arabian Gulf. Iran also was suspected of briefly seizing a Hong Kong-flagged oil tanker before that.

The U.S. has been actively campaigning to keep a United Nations arms embargo in place on Iran that is due to expire in October ending.

American President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in 2018, launching a maximum pressure campaign and a news regime of tough economic sanctions against Iran that has pushed the archrivals to the verge of conflict.

Other parties to the deals, Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK still pledged their supports for the Iran's Nuclear Deal made in 2015.

Sources: Fars, Tasnim

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