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News number: 9107132157

14:46 | 2013-01-01

Defence

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Navy Tests More Cruise Missiles in Velayat 91 Naval Drills

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Navy successfully tested an advanced surface-to-surface cruise missile on the fifth day of its drills, codenamed Velayat 91, in Iran's waters in the Strait of Hormuz.



The advanced surface-to-surface anti-ship missile, called 'Nour (Light)', was launched by the Iranian naval forces and hit and destroyed the specified target completely successfully.

The 120-km range cruise missile manufactured by Iran has already been mounted on several military gears and has been tested in several wargames conducted by the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

The Iranian Navy started the 6-day Velayat 91 wargames in the country's Southern waters on Friday to test its capabilities for defending Iran's water borders and regional interests.

Also today, the navy successfully tested a coast-to-sea cruise missile, named Qader (Mighty).

Qader is an easily deployable, rapid reaction, anti-ship cruise missile with a range of 200km developed by local engineers and defense industry experts and can be used against warships and frigates and enemy coastal targets.

The missile was displayed to the public during the military parades marking the Week of Sacred Defense in September 2011.

The Iranian Defense Ministry has supplied large numbers of the Qader anti-ship cruise missiles to the Iranian Army's and the IRGC naval forces to boost Iran's naval defense power.

Yesterday and on the fourth day of the drills, the Iranian Navy test-fired the smart short-range coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea 'Nasr' (Victory) cruise missiles.

The smart Nasr missile is viewed as a good complement for Iran's coastal defense units which are equipped with various types of missiles and artillery systems.

Military experts believe that Nasr increases the Navy's targeting capabilities in any possible confrontation with those enemy vessels infiltrating the country's territorial waters.

'Nasr 1' cruise missile is capable of destroying 3-ton weighted vessels.