Iran navy test-fires new cruise missiles

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran test-fired a “new generation” of cruise missiles yesterday, the navy said, in the first such military exercises since 19 sailors were killed last month in a friendly fire incident.

The armed forces’ website published pictures of the drill in the Gulf of Oman showing missiles being fired from a warship and the back of a truck, and a vessel exploding out at sea.

A statement said both short- and long-range missiles were test-fired.

They “destroyed the designated targets 280 kilometres away, and their range can be increased even further,” said the statement.

The missiles were designed and produced by the Defence Ministry and the navy, it said, without giving any further details. A video released by state television on its website said some of the missiles were based on “older platforms that have been updated”.

They were “missiles with deadly precision and power for Iran’s enemies,” said an IRIB reporter at a beach where they were fired from a truck.

Iran said the tests involved both short- and long-range missiles designed and produced by the Defence Ministry and the navy. PHOTO: AFP