Thursday, January 3, 2013

Iranian Navy Test-Fires Advanced Naval Cruise Missile

The Iranian Navy on Tuesday test-fired an advanced home-made anti-ship cruise missile during the ongoing naval wargames in the country's Southern waters.

The navy successfully tested the coast-to-sea cruise missile, dubbed as Qader (Mighty), on the fifth day of the Velayat 91 naval wargames.

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.

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