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Navy of Iran test fires new generation of Naval anti-ship cruise missile.

| 2020

The Iranian Navy announced in a statement on Thursday, June 18, 2020, that it has successfully test-launched short-range and long-range naval cruise missiles during military exercises in the Southern waters of the country.
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Navy of Iran test fires new generation of Naval anti ship cruise missile 925 001 Iranian Navy test-fires new anti-ship cruise missile (Picture source Iranian video footage print screen)

During military wargames dubbed as ‘the brave martyrs of Ramadan’ in the North of the Indian Ocean and Sea of Oman on Thursday, the Navy test-fired short-range and long-range naval cruise missiles, the statement said. It added that coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles, with different ranges, were simultaneously fired from the coastline and Navy vessels and hit the target with high precision.

The long-range naval cruise missiles hit the targets at a distance of 280 kilometers. According to the Iranian defense industry, the range of the new home-made missiles may be extended. At the same time, different types of coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles with short and long ranges were fired simultaneously from the coastal launchers and the deck of naval vessels. 

Iran has developed a full range of Naval missiles including the Noor, a family of long-range anti-ship cruise missiles manufactured by the Iranian including the Noor family, Qader, Kowsar, Ghadir, Nasr-e Basir and the Zafar.

According to Iranian military sources, the Noor was developed in four variants. The latest version has a maximum firing range of 170 km and was upgraded with new electronic systems. The Noor missile is a reverse-engineered Chinese C-802 anti-ship missile.

The Qader was developed from the Noor missile by the Iranian defense industry. It was designed to be used as an anti-ship missile. The missile, which was unveiled in August 2011, has a range of 300 km and is described by Iranian officials as "the most powerful and precise missile of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy.

The Kowsar is a medium-range, land-based anti-ship missile made by Iran. It has a warhead of 29 kg with time-delayed semi-armor-piercing high-explosive. The missile has a maximum firing range of 20 km.

The Ghadir missile is an Iranian-made anti-ship cruise missile with a range of 330 km. The missile is capable of being employed both from shore and from ships afloat. The missile was unveiled in Tehran in 2014.

The Nasr-e Basir is an Iranian-made Smart Low-observable anti-ship cruise missile unveiled on 24 August 2014 in a defense exhibition in Tehran. It has an operational range of 35 km.

The Zafar is a local-made short-range anti-ship cruise missile. It has been designed to be carried inside a launch canister installed on a variety of light vessels and high-speed missile crafts. The Zafar missile's design is optimized to make it very difficult to detect by hostile forces and jam using electronic warfare techniques. It is an active radar guided-missile equipped with a torpedo warhead capable of destroying small and medium displacement ships with high precision.

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