Iran test fires new missile “successfully”: IRNA

Xinhuanet.com – January 1, 2012

Deputy commander of Iran’s Navy Rear Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi said Sunday that for the first time, Iran test fired anti-radar, mid-range missile “successfully” in the ongoing naval drills in its southern waters, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The homemade surface-to-air missile is equipped with anti-radar and smart systems which enable it to evade interference on its way forward, Mousavi told reporters.

Earlier in the day, the local ISNA news agency reported that the Islamic republic will launch a new surface-to-air missile called “Mehrab” on Sunday in the ninth day of its ongoing naval drill in Strait of Hormuz.

On Friday, Mousavi said that the country’s naval units will fire different long- and short-range land-to-sea, surface-to- surface and surface-to-air missiles during the power phase of the exercises in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, starting Saturday.

He added that Iran’s submarines will also hit the pre- determined targets, using domestically-manufactured torpedoes, during the exercises.

On Dec. 24, the Iranian navy launched a 10-day exercise, dubbed Velayat 90, which covers a length of 2,000 km stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.

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