In a first, Iran fires submarine launched cruise missile
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Qadir-class submarine of the Iranian Navy for the first time during naval wargames fired an anti-ship cruise missile at hypothetical enemy targets in the Southern waters of the country on Sunday.
On the third and last day of 'Velayat 97' drills, a light submarine fired the cruise missile which hit the target successfully.
Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi had announced last Monday that the country's Qadir-class submarines had several times fired anti-ship cruise missiles, adding that the new home-made submarine, Fateh, also enjoys this capability.
"Our Qadir-class submarines have so far fired cruise missiles and Fateh has this capability too and we will display it in future drills," Rear Admiral Khanzadi told FNA.
He also added that the missile mounted on Fateh submarine is the new generation of home-made Nasr missile which was developed within the framework of Jask 2 project and has differences in range with the past models of Nasr cruise missile. [image: Embedded video] link
Persian Gulf War Games: Iran Successfully Fires Missile from Submarine for First Time
On the first day of the wargames on Friday, the Iranian naval forces for the first time had used the home-made Fateh submarine and Sahand destroyer.
Also, during the third day of exercises in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, the helicopter units of the Navy carried out heliborne operations and launched attacks and destroyed hypothetical enemy targets.
The helicopters, including Bell-212, used rocket-launching systems and machine guns to successfully smash the targets. Other helicopters of the Navy, equipped with demining equipment, destroyed enemy mines in the sea.
Also, one of the Air Force's Phantom fighters fired a home-made air-based Nasr cruise missile at a target in the sea to provide support for the Navy's vessels during the wargames.
The Iranian Naval forces fired several home-made cruise missiles and torpedoes from the country's vessels and submarines on the second day of wargames on Saturday.
Iranian naval forces on Friday started a massive three-day drill, codenamed 'Velayat 97, in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
The drills are being held in an area of two million square kilometers, from the Strait of Hormuz to the Southeastern coasts of Makran, the Sea of Oman and the Northern parts of the Indian Ocean, down to the 10-degrees latitude.