IRGC to test new types of Iran-made Missiles:Iranian commander

10:50, April 25, 2010      

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A senior Iranian military commander announced Saturday that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) plans to test fire 4 new types of Iran-made coast-to-sea and sea- to-sea missiles in the next stage of the massive war games underway in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, the semi- official Fars news agency reported.

"Four types of naval missiles have been selected and will be fired tomorrow," IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Morteza Saffari was quoted by Fars as saying.

Various kinds of short-range missiles were also fired during the military maneuvers which will see its fourth stage on Sunday, according to Fars.

The commander further pointed to Iran's recently made short- range Nasr cruise missiles as among those to be test fired during the next stage of the war games.

IRGC staged a series of war games in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, codenamed as the Great Messenger 5, to boost vigilance and combat preparedness of its naval forces.

"The country's defensive experts have enhanced such tactical capabilities as the range and power of these missiles. And we will witness the actual capabilities of these missiles in operation," Saffari stated.

The Iranian Defense Ministry started mass-production of Nasr 1 (Victory 1) cruise missiles in March.

"Nasr 1 missile is a cruise missile capable of destroying up to 3,000-ton vessels," Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said at a ceremony to inaugurate Nasr 1 production line in March.

Vahidi also said Nasr 1 is a short-range coast-to-sea and sea- to-sea missile which could be fired from coasts and all types of vessels, it will soon be equipped with the capability to be fired from helicopters and submarines.

Source: Xinhua

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