Iran Destroys Targets at Distance of 170 Miles in Recent Cruise Missile Test

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A Nour missile is test fired off Iran's first domestically made destroyer, Jamaran, on the southern shores of Iran in the Persian Gulf March 9, 2010 (photo: REUTERS/EBRAHIM NOROOZI/IIPA)

Iran’s Navy has successfully struck targets in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean during a recent cruise missile test; There are claims that the missiles can outreach the distance achieved during the test.


Thursday – While the west was sleeping, the Islamic Republic of Iran carried out successful cruise missile tests in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean. Reports indicate that Iran was able to strike targets at a distance of 280 kilometres, which translates to about 170 miles. There are claims that the target range could have been extended even further.

There were two different kinds of missiles used in the test, both of which struck their designated floating targets.

Praising the advanced homing technology of these missiles, Iran’s navy chief Adm. Hossein Khanzadi stated, “The important point about these missiles is that they are fully equipped with homing. It means they are of the fire-and-forget type. We fire the missile and the data is on the missile itself, it has various navigation systems built-in.”

The endgame for this test remains unknown, but it comes at a time when there has been tension between Iran and the US Navy in recent months. Additionally, Iran is reported to have recently constructed a replica of a US carrier.

Thursday’s test was Iran’s first naval missile test since May when they mistakenly struck one of their own vessels, killing 19 of their sailors.

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