IRAN SHIPS TO ENTER US WATER?? WHY IS THIS EVEN ALLOWED?
Tehran equips marine forces with 'cruise' missile, begins mass production of missiles
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The US Navy's newest destroyer, the USS Spruance heads to dock (AP)
Iran has equipped its naval forces with a short range
"cruise missile," able to hit targets in costal areas and warships
within "200 kilometres (125 miles), the country's defence minister was
quoted as saying on Wednesday.
"Today we are witnessing the equipping of the Guards navy and army
navy with ample numbers of the Qader cruise missile," General Ahmad
Vahidi said, quoted by his ministry's website referring to the elite
Revolutionary Guards who are tasked with defending Iranian waters in the
"It has 200 km range and has ability to be launched quickly against
warships and costal targets. It flies in low altitude, has high
destructive power, (and is) lightweight with high precision," he added.
He added that it could be fired from the coast or from vessels of
different classes, increasing considerable the operational ability of
The Qader missile was unveiled last month by President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, with Iranian officials dubbing it a "cruise missile" built
entirely by local experts. The president said Iran's military arsenal
was defensive, aimed at ensuring the country's "enemies do not dare
Iran in the past two years has increased development, testing and
unveiling of new "indigenous" military equipment, including missiles.
The Iranian navy recently boosted its presence in international
waters, sending vessels into the Indian Ocean to protect Iranian ships
from Somali pirates.
It also sent two ships into the Mediterranean for the first time in
February, via the Suez Canal, to the annoyance of Israel and the United
Iran's navy commander, Admiral Habibollah Sayari, said on Tuesday
that Iran was planning to deploy ships close to US territorial waters,
without saying when.
Iranian naval forces are mainly composed of small units equipped with
missiles in the Gulf and operating under the control of the
He said Iran had begun large-scale production of a
domestically-developed cruise missile designed for sea-based targets and
capable of destroying warships.
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