Tehran, July 7 – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday launched several anti-ship missiles near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the country’s Arabic-language television channel Al-Alam reported.
The Guards fired two Khalij Fars anti-ship missiles which Iran says are capable of Mach 3 speed and can hit targets at a distance of 300 kilometers.
According to Al-Alam, the missiles, which carry a warhead of 650 kilograms, have been entirely designed and built by the Revolutionary Guards, who are in charge of Iran’s missile program and ballistic arsenal.
“The forces also fired a land-to-sea Tondar (Thunder) missile with a range of 100 to 200 kilometers,” the television said.
The Guards launched the missiles on the last day of a 10-day military exercise, codenamed Great Prophet-6, which also included the launch of ballistic missiles with various ranges.
Al-Alam said Wednesday’s tests occurred near the port city of Bandar Jask in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan off the Indian Ocean, in an area close to thewstrategic Strait of Hormuz.
The strait is a narrow waterway at the eastern end of the Gulf, through which nearly 40 percent of world’s seaborne oil shipments pass.
On Monday, the powerful commander of the Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the Islamic republic would close down the waterway if Iran was threatened by the enemy.
Jafari also said Iran was increasing its naval presence in the Indian Ocean in order to meet a possible threat from international waters.