Report: Iran tested long-range cruise missile

Iranian naval commander says new missiles have homing capabilities, can accurately strike targets 170 miles away.

Gary Willig ,

Iranian Jamaran frigate
Iranian Jamaran frigate

Iran tested a long-range cruise missile, according to a report by the state-run IRNA news agency.

According to the report, the missiles were fired during a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean. The missiles reportedly destroyed targets at a distance of 280 kilometers (170 miles).

IRNA further stated that the missile's range could be extended and that two types of missiles were tested, though it did not provide any additional details.

Images were broadcast of missiles being launched on land from a truck and at sea from a ship.

Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, the commander of the Iranian navy, told state TV that the “homing” c-class cruise missiles have new warheads that can strike with high accuracy and that the missiles are capable of resisting “any kind of electronic warfare.”

“The important point about these missiles is that they are fully equipped with homing [capabilities],” Khanzadi said. “It means they are of the fire-and-forget type. We fire the missile and the data is on the missile itself, it has various navigation systems built-in.”

The missile test was the first of its kind since 19 Iranian sailors were killed in a similar drill last month when an Iranian Jamaran frigate accidentally fired on a Konarak support ship with an anti-ship cruise missile during naval exercises.