News Brief – July 6, 2011
Iran concluded a ten-day military exercise Wednesday by successfully test firing surface-to-sea missiles.
The country’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) fired two types of “modern, smart and radar evading” missiles at designated targets at the close of the exercise code-named Great Prophet 6.
The IRGC’s Aerospace division reportedly upgraded both the “Tondar” (Thunder) and the “Khalij Fars” (Persian Gulf) missiles, enabling the Khalij Fars to carry a 650-kilogram warhead
Iran claims the missile has an effective range of 300 kilometres (186 miles), while the Tondar is reportedly able to destroy targets at a distance of 100 to 200 kilometres (62-124 miles).
The test firing took place at a military base near the southern port city of Jask. If nothing else the location of the final day of Great Prophet 6 was significant for the port city is situated close to of the Straits of Hormuz.
Some 40% of the world’s oil passes through the strategic straits and Wednesday’s missile tests merely underlined Iran’s threats about closing the waterway if it is attacked.
Iran had earlier opened the Great Prophet 6 exercise by unveiling underground ballistic missile silos housing missiles capable of hitting U.S. bases in the Middle East and Israel.
Thereafter Iran successfully test-fired more missiles and revealed a new domestically designed and built long-range radar system.