Saturday, July 9, 2011

Iran: Firing Missiles into Indian Ocean

IRGC’s aerospace commander, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, told reporters in Tehran today that his forces has test-fired two long-range missiles into the Indian Ocean earlier this year, reportedly hitting their targets [IRNA, 9 July].

Gen. Hajizadeh reported that the missiles had a range of 1,900 km (1,180 miles) and were fired from the central Iranian province of Semnan. Hajizadeh said the missiles were fired in the Iranian calendar month of Bahman (21 January to 20 February).

During the Great Prophet 6 military exercises in June, Iran launched 14 surface-to-surface missiles, including Shahab-3, Shahab-2, Shahab-1 and Zelzal.


Anonymous said...

iran is working in much longer distance too. they are capable to haunt done usa battel ship as long as 5000 to 7000 km far distance of them cost line.

Mark Pyruz said...

I read this last night at FARS. It's sort of a public confirmation of certain aspects of recent Western claims of IRGC/ASF testing of MRBMs previously undisclosed by Iranian media sources.

This testing makes sense, particularly with regard to Sedjil development.

Anonymous said...

Dream on! 5000 - 7000 km?
The current missiles have an accuracy of around 3 km on impact and a maximum range
of 2000 km hardly being able to hit a floating target from such a long distance. More propaganda!

Anonymous said...

Mark is spot-on as usual. Iran is testing the new solid fuel missiles and also perfecting the guidance and targeting systems. The deployment of the KILO subs in the Indian ocean at the impact area was part of this long-range missile drill.

Iran can produce and deploy missiles of any range, since once a nation has mastered any technology it is just a matter of incremental experimentation.

These frequent drills also test the deployment time, skills and capability of the crews. With a diversified launch capability (mobile batteries and fixed underground silos), the response launch time for retaliatory strike is now down to a few minutes.

Paul said...

Indeed Anonymous; haven't you heard? Iran has these really fancy missiles now; they make a loop around the Earth, twice, using a random stealthy figure 8 pattern, and then hit a US warship right on its bridge while the ship is moving at 45 knots. Force of explosion is so high that half the ship enters orbit at 240 km and the other half completely vaporizes.

This has already been demonstrated multiple times in my sleep. One day, it will enter your head too. Maybe now!

Anonymous said...

last anon,
your frustrated cynicism is almost pathologically ridiculous.

Thanks for the laugh.