Iran test-fires powerful missiles in Persian Gulf drill: report

08:14, April 26, 2010      

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Iran conducted the final stage of its military drill on Sunday in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz and test-fired five powerful missiles, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Five coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) naval force were simultaneously fired, which hit a target and destroyed it, said Fars report.

IRGC naval commander Ali Fadavi described the simultaneity of the missile operations as "very important point," according to Fars.

Deputy Head of Iran's Armed Forces Headquarters Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said Sunday that "Islamic Republic of Iran has plans to hit back any aggression" on its territory, according to local ISNA news agency.

"Given possible plots of enemies and aggressors, IRGC is designing defense operations to strengthen deterrent power of its forces and give a crushing response to any aggression," Jazayeri was quoted as saying.

"We believe that the security of Persian Gulf needs to be provided through regional countries' cooperation," Jazayeri added.

IRGC started a series of war games in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, code-named as the Great Messenger 5, to boost vigilance and combat preparedness of its naval forces.



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