Press TV – July 4, 2011
Iran plans to test-fire new “supersonic surface-to-sea missiles” as part of its war games in the Persian Gulf in the coming days, says a senior Iranian military commander.
Commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that the new missiles have been designed to target ships and forces at sea, IRIB reported Sunday.
“Last year, we achieved (the technology of) new anti-ship missiles that can hit targets with multiple speed of sound,” he went on to say.
Hajizadeh added that the upgraded missiles will soon be used in the naval phase of the IRGC’s Great Prophet 6 missile drills in the Persian Gulf.
On Saturday, the top Iranian military commander pointed out that the ongoing drills are entering the naval or second phase of the maneuvers.
“From the middle of the week the second phase of the drills will continue with the launching of naval exercises and the use of surface-to-sea missiles,” he further explained.
IRGC started the 10-day Great Prophet 6 drills on June 27 and unveiled underground silos meant to protect the country’s missiles and fired Fateh (Conqueror) 110 medium-range ballistic missiles, which have been fitted with improved precision targeting.
On the second day of the exercises, the Iranian military successfully launched 14 surface-to-surface missiles.
On the third day of the drills, Iran’s Armed Forces were equipped with the Ghadir radar system, which can monitor a radius of 1,100 and a height of 300 kilometers.