PortandTerminal.com, January 16, 2021
TEHRAN – Iranian media showed footage today of two ballistic missiles smashing into a “hypothetical hostile enemy ship” during a test in the Indian Ocean.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched the two ballistic missiles against a simulated target in the Indian Ocean, state television reported on Saturday. The missiles of “various classes” had “destroyed” their target from 1,125 miles away, according to the Sepahnews website. The missiles were fired from central Iran according to the Revolutionary Guard.
Saturday’s test was the third military exercise in less than two weeks after a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday and Thursday and an army drone drill on January 5-6.
The drill also took place just days after Tehran marked the anniversary of the assassination of revered Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq in January last year.
Iran, which routinely boasts of technological advances in its armed forces, has one of the biggest missile programmes in the Middle East, regarding them as a deterrent and retaliatory force against U.S. and other adversaries in the event of war.
Iran has a missile capability of up to 1,200 miles, far enough to reach Israel and US military bases in the region.
With reporting by DW and Reuters
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