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Report: Iranian Navy gets new cruise missiles

Tehran says its marine forces now possess domestically-developed cruise missiles with a range of 200km and dual offshore, onshore homing capabilities

Iran says it has started the large-scale production of a domestically-developed cruise missile designed for sea-based targets and capable of destroying warships.


Iranian Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi was quoted by the state-run news agency Fars on Wednesday, as saying that an unspecified number of "Qader" cruise missiles were delivered to the Revolutionary Guard's Navy.


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The announcement was made in an official ceremony, also attended by Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and Commander of the IRGC Naval Force Brigadier General Ali Fadavi.


Vahidi stressed that production of the missiles "showed that the Iranian Defense Industries are able to satiate the Iranian Armed Forces' missile needs."


Iranian missile test (Archives: EPA)


The Iranians claim that the Qader cruise missiles have a range of 200km, can reportedly travel at low altitudes and are able to home-in on both offshore and onshore targets.


On Tuesday, Iran's Navy Chief Sayyari said that the Islamic Republic now possessed the ability to send its warships to the United States' Atlantic coast. Sayyari gave no details of when such a deployment could happen or the number or type of vessels to be used.


Also on Wednesday, Vahidi dismissed the need for Iran to establish a "military hotline" with the United States, and called on Washington to pull out its forces from the Persian Gulf, warning their continued presence may trigger a possible confrontation with Iran.


"They want to have a hotline so that in case of tension, we can settle it but we believe that if they are not deployed in the region, no tension will occur," Vahidi told Fars.


He also stressed that any US warships which seek to pass through the Persian Gulf's Strait of Hormuz must respond to the questions asked by the Iranian Navy, as "the Strait of Hormuz... are under the intelligence control and domination of our Navy."


AP contributed to this report





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