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Iran starts mass production of new naval cruise missiles, IRGC gets first batch
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c_330_235_16777215_0_http___www.tehrantimes.com_images_stories_feb02_05_02_am20.jpgTEHRAN – In a ceremony on Saturday, the production line of a new domestically manufactured naval missile system, named the Zafar (Victory), was officially launched and the first batch of the missile system was delivered to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Naval Force.
 
The ceremony was held on the fourth day of the Ten-Day Dawn (Feb. 1-Feb. 11), which is a national celebration of the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. 
 
The Zafar missile is a short-range anti-vessel radar-guided cruise missile, which can target small and medium-sized targets with high precision, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told reporters.
 
The missile system can be installed on various types of vessels, he said, adding that the Zafar missile enjoys remarkable features like light weight, capability to repel electronic attacks, and high destructive power.
 
“The Zafar missile loses altitude after being launched, and then cruises at low altitude in order to be hidden from sight of the enemy, and in the final stage identifies the target at a low altitude and destroys the target,” he explained.      
 
He also said that the Zafar missile system is a completely indigenized system, which was designed and manufactured by competent and skilled Iranian experts and engineers. 
 
On September 28, domestically manufactured Qader cruise missiles were also delivered to the Navy and the IRGC Naval Force. 
 
The Qader cruise missile has a range of 200 kilometers and flies at a low altitude. It has a high destructive power and can target destroyers and battleships.

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