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2013-05-28 - 13:46

Basij Commander: Iran Fully Capable of Destroying US Warships

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi underlined the Iranian Armed Forces' military power to defend Iran, and said they can easily target and destroy US warships.

"Today, Iran has missiles that can crush US warships like a can and send them deep into water," Naqdi said, addressing a group of Basij members in Iran's Central city of Qom on Tuesday.

He praised the military preparedness of Basij units to defend the country, and added, "The defense forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as acknowledged by foes and friends, are the best defensive power in the region and one of the best forces in the world."

In April, a senior Iranian defense ministry official said Iran's anti-ship ballistic missile power has forced the US warships in the Persian Gulf to retreat from their positions.

Addressing a group of Iranian soldiers here in Tehran at the time, Deputy Defense Minister General Majid Bokayee said Iran designed and developed home-made anti-ship ballistic missiles because this kind of missile can target enemy vessels easily.

"We managed to employ the ballistic missiles which had previously been designed and produced for ground-to-ground missions for targeting enemy ships, and then we witnessed the US naval fleets' retreat in the Persian Gulf after the first test on the missile," Bokayee stated.

In July 2012, Iran's supersonic anti-ship ballistic missiles, 'Khalij-e-Fars (Persian Gulf)', displayed their 100 percent precision capability after hitting and destroying the specified targets in the last phase of the Payambar-e Azam 7 (The Great Prophet 7) drills.

"The Persian Gulf missile precisely hit and destroyed the target which was several times smaller than the marine targets which can pose a threat," Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said at the end of the last phase of the wargames on July 4, 2012.

In early 2011, Iran started the mass-production of the Persian Gulf anti-ship missile which is designed to destroy targets and hostile forces at sea.

The supersonic projectile, which carries a 650-kilogram warhead, is immune to interception and features high-precision systems.