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Iran fires torpedoes, advanced missiles during massive naval drills

30 January 2016 17:54


Iranian Navy’s submarines and destroyers have successfully fired different types of torpedoes and advanced missiles during massive drills aimed at displaying the country’s might.

The missiles and torpedoes were fired on Saturday on the fourth day of military maneuvers code-named Velayat 94, which are held across a large swath of territorial waters and high seas in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Indian Ocean.

“Various types of Ghadir-class and Tareq-class submarines in the maneuver detected and tracked the [mock] enemy’s mobile targets and destroyed them by firing advanced and overhauled torpedoes,” a spokesman for Iran’s Navy, Commodore Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi, told reporters.

He added that Iran’s domestically-built Jamaran destroyer and other vessels also fired different torpedoes.

The Army’s naval forces fired surface-to-surface Nasr missiles which successfully hit targets, the commander said.

Mousavi further added that Iran’s AB212 helicopter, which is equipped with rocket-launcher and machine gun, managed to destroy targets.

Iran’s Navy started its four-day annual military exercises on Wednesday.

On Friday, Iranian naval forces successfully test fired Nour (Light) surface-to-surface cruise missile which has a range of 150 kilometers.

Nour cruise missile has an accurate impact precision, good velocity, high detection power and powerful warhead. It could be launched both from sea and surface.

Iran says the drills are aimed at depicting the Islamic Republic’s power in establishing security in the region.

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