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Defence News 25/04/2017
Iranian Navy Equipped with New Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have equipped its Navy with a new anti-ship cruise missile.

The cruise missile dubbed as Nasir was handed over by the Iranian Defense Ministry to the naval forces in large quantities at a special ceremony on Saturday which was attended by Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi.

“Nasi missile can be fired from either land or sea toward hostile targets, including warships and wharves,” Brigadier General Dehqan said.

He noted Nasir can target perceived enemy forces within a relatively short time, be flown at low ranges, be guided through surgical navigation and fired from aboard speedboats.

“The ammunition is also fitted with an advanced radar system, which secures it against jamming operations,” Brigadier General Dehqan said.

Nasir was successfully test-fired during the Valayat 95 military drills in February.

Iran has recurrently asserted that its military prowess is only in the service of its defense.

However, amid a smear campaign targeting the country’s missile program, senior Iranian officials have made it clear that projectiles were conventional and that the Islamic Republic would seek no one’s permission to boost its deterrence power.

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