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Iran's IRGC to test supersonic missiles at sea: commander

07-04-2011 16:07 BJT

TEHRAN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The Aerospace Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Iran plans to test-fire new "supersonic surface-to- sea missiles" as part of its war games in the Persian Gulf in the coming days, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Monday.

Hajizadeh said that the new missiles have been designed to target ships and forces at sea, said the report.

"Last year, we achieved (the technology of) new anti-ship missiles that can hit targets with multiple speed of sound," he was quoted as saying.

The upgraded missiles will soon be used in the naval phase of the IRGC's ongoing Great Prophet 6 missile drills.

The senior naval commander of the IRGC, Brigadier General Ali Razmjou, said Sunday that his forces are equipped with modern short and medium range missiles in the Persian Gulf.

Razmjou said "a considerable number of speed vessels, and vessels that can carry different kinds of missile and torpedo launchers have joined the IRGC's Navy."

Supplying the IRGC forces with advanced equipment was aimed at increasing "Iran's defensive and deterrence power" in order to " maintain the stable security of the strategic area of the Persian Gulf," Razmjou was quoted as saying by Press TV.

"The powerful presence of the IRGC in the Persian Gulf, including its speed vessels and missile stations on the isles and shores has caused the foreign naval fleets to change their routes and travel towards the south of the Persian Gulf," he said according to the report.

IRGC announced on Saturday that it will stage missile drills in the southern waters of the country in the following days.

The Islamic Republic began the 10-day missile drills on Monday. On the first day of the exercises, Iran unveiled underground missile silos and fired Fateh-110 missile.

Iran announced on Tuesday that it "successfully" test-fired 14 short, medium and long-range missiles on the second day of the missile drills.

On Wednesday, aerospace commander of IRGC Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that the country has launched a radar system which can detect cruise and ballistic missiles.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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