US warship seizes Iranian-designed missiles in the Arabian Sea

An SH-60 Sea Hawk flies over the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Boxer during a vertical replenishment-at-sea in the Arabian Gulf (photo credit: REUTERS)

A US Navy warship seized weapons believed to be of Iranian “design and manufacture,” including more than 150 anti-tank guided missiles and three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, the US military said on Thursday.

In a statement, the US military said the USS Normandy boarded a dhow sailing vessel in the Arabian Sea on Sunday.

“The weapons seized include 150 ‘Dehlavieh’ anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), which are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs,” the statement said.

“Other weapons components seized aboard the dhow were of Iranian design and manufacture and included three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, Iranian thermal imaging weapon scopes, and Iranian components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels” it added. It did not say what kind of surface-to-air missiles were seized.