Iran test-fires long-range missile in naval drill

January 2, 2012 - 17:29
TEHRAN – Iran successfully test-fired a new domestically manufactured coast-to-sea long-range missile, named the Qader (Capable), on Monday during the power stage of the 10-day Velayat 90 naval war games. 

The naval maneuvers started on December 24, 2011, in a large area from the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Aden. 

The Qader cruise missile has a range of 200 kilometers and flies at a low altitude. It has a high destruction power and can target destroyers and battleships. 

Qader missiles were delivered to the Navy and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Naval Force in September 2011. The commander of the Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, has said that the Qader is the most powerful and precise missile of the Iranian Navy.  

A short-range Nasr (Victory) cruise missile, which is fired from the seashore and has the capability to destroy large vessels, and a surface-to-surface Nour (Light) missile were also fired during the maneuvers on Monday and successfully hit mock targets.  

A domestically manufactured surface-to-air medium-range smart missile, named the Mehrab (Altar), was also successfully test-fired on Sunday during the war games.

The Mehrab missile is equipped with anti-radar and anti-jamming systems, and if the enemy tries to jam the guidance system of the missile, it immediately identifies the source of the interference and changes its course toward the source and destroys the jammer. 

In a special operation on Monday, Iranian naval units also practiced foiling pirate attacks and thwarted an attempted ship hijacking. 

The foreign observers were present and watched Iranian naval forces in operation.