Iran successfully tests diverse missiles
Mon Jan 2, 2012 7:36AM GMT
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Islamic Republic has successfully test-fired various domestically-built missiles during ongoing naval drills just near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Iran's Navy successfully test-fired its first home-built medium-range anti-radar missile, Mehrab ,on Sunday during the “power phase” of the massive 10-day Velayat 90 war games near the entry point to the Persian Gulf.
In addition to the new surface-to-air Mehrab projectile, diverse types of surface-to-surface rockets were also launched at pre-determined targets and were able to successfully strike them with precision, Sayyari said on Sunday.
He added that the Mehrab missile was successfully guided towards its intended target and accurately completed its pre-determined mission.
The Iranian commander emphasized that Velayat 90 maneuvers conveyed the message of peace and friendship to regional countries and proved that they are capable of establishing security in the region through collective cooperation.
The drills also served as a warning to foreign and extra-regional powers, making it clear that the region does not tolerate any country that seeks to pursue illegitimate interests in the neighborhood, Sayyari said.
Iran's Navy launched the massive 10-day Velayat 90 naval exercise on December 24, covering an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.
The military drills take place in line with a recent directive by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, instructing Iranian armed forces to maintain total readiness to defend the nation against any potential threats.
Iran maintains that the maneuvers are defensive in nature and intend to convey a message of peace and friendship to the countries of the region. It has also extended a public invitation to regional states to conduct joint naval drills with Iranian forces.