Iran Navy test-fires Mehrab missile

3 January 2012 (Last Updated January 3rd, 2012 04:30)

The Iranian Navy has successfully test-fired a new indigenous, advanced surface-to-air missile named Mehrab (Altar) during the ten-day Velayat 90 naval exercises in the Sea of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The Iranian Navy has successfully test-fired a new indigenous, advanced surface-to-air missile named Mehrab (Altar) during the ten-day Velayat 90 naval exercises in the Sea of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Iranian Navy commander rear admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that the medium-range air defence missile was launched from the Gorz frigate that followed its path toward the designated target and accomplished the pre-planned mission.

The Iranian-designed missile is equipped with anti-radar capability, target radio emission sources and a built-in anti-jamming system to prevent jamming of its guidance system.

The missile is capable of detecting and identifying the source and location of interference and changes its trajectory to destroy the jammer.

The ten-day exercise follows the recent order by the Islamic Revolution Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei instructing the forces to maintain complete readiness to defend the nation against any potential threat.

During the drills, the naval forces also launched anti-surface torpedoes from Ghadir-class submarines, while the naval artillery units practiced several military tactics in a simulated war theatre.

The third and main stage of the naval drills, known as the stage of exercising force, included test-firing of short and long-range coast-to-sea, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles from coastal and navy vessels.

The drill was also part of Iran's preparations to close vital waterways from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden if sanctions are imposed on its oil sales.

Prior to testing the missile, Iran claimed to have built a nuclear fuel rod; the nation has been banned under UN sanctions from buying fuel rods from any other country.