Iran tests missiles near oil strait

2012-01-02 23:04

Tehran - Iran on Monday test-fired three missiles on the last day of navy war games near the Strait of Hormuz, according to official media.

The last of the weapons, a Nour missile, was launched late on Monday and successfully destroyed its target, the Islamic Republic News Agency and other outlets reported.

A navy spokesperson, Commodore Mahmoud Mousavi, told IRNA and state television that two other missiles, named Qader and Nasr, were fired earlier.

On Sunday, another missile, described as a medium-range surface-to-air weapon, was also tested.

The navy drill and missile tests were designed to show Iran's military might and ability to close the Strait of Hormuz - a vital shipping channel in the Gulf through which 20% of the world's oil flows - if the West applies more sanctions.

The United States and its allies have been ratcheting up the sanctions to punish Iran for pushing ahead with its nuclear programme. Western capitals accuse Iran of developing an atomic bomb, something Tehran denies.

France on Monday said the missile tests were a "very bad signal to the international community" and stressed to Iran that "freedom of navigation" must be maintained in the Strait of Hormuz.

Two of the missiles tested, the Qader ground-to-ship cruise missile and the Nour surface-to-surface missile, have a range of around 200km.

That is generally considered a short range for cruise missiles, even though Mousavi and Iranian media called the Qader a "long-range" missile.

The other missile tested, the Nasr, is an anti-ship weapon with a shorter range of around 35km.

Mousavi said it was "the first time" a Qader missile had been tested. He said it was built by Iranian experts.

The Nour and the Nasr missiles are based on Chinese designs.

"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.

  • Oneant - 2012-01-02 23:27

    it is clear that if the West takes on Iran, the walk-in invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan could comparatively not be called "War"

      Juan - 2012-01-03 03:53

      We are facing an potentialy ugly situation, as China and Russia might just step in as allies of Iran.

      Van - 2012-01-03 07:24

      I wouldn't put my money on that.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-03 08:40

      Iran is still going to get a running PK from the US...their looney dictator had better get off the drugs before it's too late.

  • DREGstudios - 2012-01-03 03:49

    The National Defense Authorization Act is placing the sanctions on Iran which are FORCING their hand in these issues. Our government is playing with fire and ASKING for World War III by picking a fight with the Iranian Government. This SAME legislation gives our own government the power to detain American citizens indefinitely and without trial for speaking out against this agenda of war-profiteering through causing constant strife and conflict in the Middle East. Join the discussion about how our Government is waging war without public approval and suppressing our Freedom of Speech so far that we are petrified to stand up against them. Speak out with me against Living in this Society of Fear at

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-03 08:42

      Go and live in Iran where I'm sure you'll be happier doodums.

      Nkululeko - 2012-01-03 09:19

      If I can kindly ask the information to support your statement, I will surely follow that blogg

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-03 09:58

    they all fex their mussles and have big beks, didn't Saddam promise the mother of all wars and pooooof it was all over, it will be the same with this camel eating mad dog religious nut, should Russia and China want to step in they too should be sanctioned BIG time

  • Ballito - 2012-01-03 09:59

    definatly iran russia and china big allies cause if america trys to bomb iran which means all oil and gas is theirs like iraq.remember the documentary the hyster driver on the oil rig which was american gets paid twice more than the amercian soildier shows the oil is worth more than the soildiers.i think russia and china will also attack thats why america is scared to attacj iran they could have flattened them along time ago buti gues they are also scared of the allies.remember george bush screaming iraq had weapons of mass destruction lol were is all these weapons did they finf any.any person that tellm me this is not about oil is blind folded trust me look at what mugabe did to the whites he literally and brutally flattened them out but did he get they say the biggest fuel is media they are here to blindfold us

  • mathasemasase - 2012-01-03 15:15

    Rumours of war.

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