Commander: Iran’s Speedboats Capable of Launching Cruise Missiles

Iran’s speedboats have been equipped with the capability to fire different types of anti-ship cruise missiles, an Iranian defense official announced on Monday.

“Our missiles have the capability of being launched from boats with the speed of over 30 knots, and these missiles include Zafar, Nasr, Nour and Qader,” Deputy Defense Minister and Head of Iran’s Aerospace Organization General Mehdi Farah told FNA, adding that “Qadir missiles” will also be added to the list in near future.

He underlined Iran’s growing missile capability as well as the special capabilities of Iran’s cruise and coast to sea missiles, and underlined high flexibility in the tactical use and missions of these missiles. “The tactical use (and goals) of these missiles can vary in accordance with the type of threat.”

In May, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said that Iran has allocated thousands of its speed boats for military purposes, adding that production of missile-launching speedboats is under Iran’s monopoly.

“All throughout the world, Iran is the only country which has speed vessels with the ability of firing (rockets and missile) at high speeds,” Fadavi said at the time.

“We now have speedboats which can launch missiles as they traverse at a speed over 60km (per hour),” the commander underscored.

Zafar (Triumph) is a short-range, anti-ship, radar guided missile capable of hitting and destroying small and medium-sized targets with high precision.

The missile can be mounted onto light and speed boats, enjoys a high capability in anti-electronic warfare and is highly destructive.

The anti-ship missile, called Nour (Light), is a long-range cruise missile manufactured by Iran and has already been mounted on several military gears.

Iran’s latest cruise missile production, Qader (Mighty), was displayed to the public during the military parades marking the Week of Sacred Defense in September.

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