Iran Test Fires Persian Gulf Missile

8 February 2011 (Last Updated February 8th, 2011 18:30)

Iran has successfully test fired a supersonic anti-destroyer ballistic missile, the Persian Gulf, which is capable of targeting warships, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari has said. "The new missile's difference from other missil

Iran has successfully test fired a supersonic anti-destroyer ballistic missile, the Persian Gulf, which is capable of targeting warships, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari has said.

"The new missile's difference from other missiles is that it is a surface-to-sea missile and is capable of vertically hitting every enemy warship or speedboat," he added.

The Persian Gulf missile is currently in mass production stage and has an operational range of 300km with the warhead containing 650kg of explosives.

The new radar-evading missile is equipped with a combined guidance system, which engages the target in the final stage and makes evasion impossible.

The missile was designed by IRGC's Aerospace Research Centre and is produced by the Defence Ministry, according to Press TV.

The IRGC has produced three previous short-range missiles, Tondar-69, Fateh-110 and Zelzal.