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Iran does successful testing of long-range missile

January 02, 2012, 13:40 UTC+3

Iranian authorities said earlier they would test-fire two long-range missiles on Monday

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TEHERAN, January 2 (Itar-Tass) — Iran has successfully test-fired missiles of the newest type, Iranian television said.

The report indicated that the missiles Qader /meaning The Powerful, also Romanized as Ghader/, Nour /The Light/ and Nasr /The Redeemer/ hit the designated targets.

Qader and Nour were launched from the shore in the course of the last day of a major naval exercise in the Hormuz Strait and Nasr was launched from a combat ship.

“The missile reached and destroyed the dummy,” Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi said.

"The Qader is an ultra-modern missile with an integrated, ultra-precise radar, whose range and intelligent anti-detection system have been improved over previous generations," he told IRNA news agency earlier.

Although the Iranians describe Qader and Nour as long-range missiles, both have a range of 200 kilometers.

Nasr is classified as a short-range missile.

Apart from the Hormuz Strait area, the Iranian naval exercise has embraced a much broader section of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, stretching out as far as the Gulf of Aden.

The ten-days-long maneuvering around the strategically vital Hormuz Strait, which links the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea and makes up a crucial transportation route in terms of global energy resource supplies, has sharply aggravated the situation in the region.

Iran’s Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi warned last week that if the West imposes an embargo on the imports of Iranian crude oil, the forces of the Islamic Republic will block the Hormuz Strait and will see to it that “not a single drop of oil crosses the waters of the strait.”

In response, the representatives of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, said they will not allow any disruptions in navigation, which has vital significance for the regional and global welfare.


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