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07 December 2023

Iran tests missiles near Strait of Hormuz


Iran on Monday test-fired two missiles on the last day of navy war games near the Strait of Hormuz, official media quoted a navy spokesman as saying.

A ‘Qader’ ground-to-ship cruise missile and a short-range ‘Nasr’ anti-ship missile were launched in the tests, which came after the test-firing on Sunday of a medium-range ground-to-air missile in the area, according to Commodore Mahmoud Mousavi.

Another missile, named ‘Nour’, was to be fired later on Monday, he said, correcting a report by the IRIB state broadcaster that said that missile had already been tested.

The ‘Qader’ cruise missile "built by Iranian experts successfully hit its target and destroyed it," Mousavi was quoted as saying by the Irna news agency.

He said it was "the first time" a ‘Qader’ missile had been tested.

A shorter-range ‘Nasr’ missile able to hit targets up to 35 km also successfully hit its target, he told state television.

The ‘Qader’ missile, also known as ‘Ghader’, is said to have a range of 200 km, which is generally considered medium-range or even short-range for a cruise missile, even though Irna described it as "long-range."

The ‘Nour’, which is based on a Chinese missile, the C-802, has a similar range. The short-range ‘Nasr’ missile is also based on a Chinese design.

"The super-advanced ‘Nour’ system has been improved in its anti-radar, pursuit of target, navigation, control and its anti-electronic warfare systems, compared to its previous version," Mousavi said, according to the IRIB website.

"It can easily follow and hit the target after identifying it," he said.