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News number: 9107134381

15:49 | 2013-01-09

Defence

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US Media Describe Velayat 91 Wargames Show of Iran's Naval Prowess

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's 6-day massive naval exercises, codenamed Velayat 91, carried out in Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf displayed the prowess of the country's naval forces, the US media said, adding that Tehran is fully prepared to confront any foreign threats.



The US Al-Monitor website in an article by Beril Dedeoglu wrote that like previous military exercises, Iran successfully tested new missiles and defense systems in its recent wargames in the Persian Gulf.

It noted that Iran's defensive capabilities have considerably improved so that the country can foil any foreign threat.

Al-Monitor reiterated that Iran tested long-range missiles in June 2011 and again in January 2012 in the same region, and followed up with a large-scale exercise one month later. All of these exercises tested newly developed missiles and defense systems and all were declared successful.

The website noted that the naval drills in the Southern Iranian territorial waters and the strategic Strait of Hormuz were very important, because half of the Middle East's oil that goes to the US, Europe and China goes through this strait, Al-Monitor wrote.

It reiterated that there is no alternative to the Strait of Hormuz for oil and gas trade.

As a commander of the Iranian navy has said, for Iran it is as simple as drinking a glass of water to close the Hormuz, it said.

In the exercises, which spread over the northern Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman, Iran utilized its warships (including its first home-built destroyer, Jamaran), its submarines and its air force.

New launching systems and the new Raad anti-ballistic missile, which intercepts medium-range missiles mid-flight, were tested.

Various unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and electronic-warfare equipment were also tried.

The exercises this time were bit different than the others. The Iranian naval command defined the objective of the exercises as "defending the region against potential attacks".

Iran is saying that it will confront any possible attack against the region.