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Iran's IRGC Navy adds new vessels and cruise missiles to strengthen its Persian Gulf presence.

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The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy has unveiled new cruise missile systems around Abu Musa and Greater Tunb islands and their surrounding waters in the Persian Gulf, Tehran announced on February 14. In addition to these missile systems, Iran introduced three advanced speedboats, marking a significant step in enhancing its maritime capabilities.
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Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, commander of the IRGC Navy, disclosed the design and construction of three advanced high-speed boats capable of carrying long-range missiles. An Iranian news agency added that the design and construction of the advanced speedboats focused on flexibility and continuity in navigation, with the boat material shifting from fiberglass to aluminum.

These boats uniquely feature the capability to carry a missile with a range of 30 kilometers, boasting destructive power and high precision, on an eight-meter boat.

Simultaneously, the IRGC naval forces installed new cruise missile systems on the islands of Pomosi and Greater Tunb, thereby strengthening Iran's defensive posture in the Persian Gulf.

This announcement comes amid rising tensions in the region, highlighting Iran's ongoing commitment to developing its military capabilities despite international pressures. The new cruise missile systems and advanced speedboats demonstrate the technological evolution of the Iranian navy, aimed at increasing its operational range and deterrence capability in the strategic waters of the Persian Gulf.

In recent years, Iran has significantly expanded its naval force, reflecting its ambition to enhance its strategic presence in the Persian Gulf and beyond. This expansion includes the commissioning of advanced submarines, such as the Fateh class, and warships equipped with modern missile technologies. Iran has also focused on producing fast and maneuverable boats, capable of launching asymmetrical attacks against larger ships, thereby enhancing its ability to conduct Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) operations in critical areas. Parallelly, innovations in maritime drones and cruise missile systems underscore Iran's approach to diversifying its means of defense and attack at sea, aiming to assert its regional sovereignty amidst rivalries and international pressures.

Similarly, Iranian cruise missiles like the Soumar and Hoveyzeh, designed to evade radar detection by flying at low altitudes, can precisely strike distant targets from various platforms. These developments illustrate Iran's commitment to bolstering its deterrence capability in the Middle East.

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