The Iranian Navy has reportedly test-fired its surface-to-surface cruise missile, known as Nour, during four-day annual military exercises, Velayat 94, in Makran coastal zone, east of the Strait of Hormuz.
According to Press TV, the test was undertaken on the third day of the military exercise. The Iranian-built missile is claimed to have successfully hit the target.
Iran navy spokesman commodore Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi was quoted by the news agency as saying: "The navy’s vessels simultaneously fired surface-to-surface Nour cruise missiles and destroyed pre-determined targets and successfully accomplished this mission."
Dubbed as Iran’s display of its maritime muscle on sea, Iranian Navy Chief Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari had earlier claimed that the missile offers precision, high-speed, high detection power and as a powerful warhead.
The anti-ship cruise missile, which can be launched both from sea and land, has a range of 150km and is thrusted by Toloue-4 and Microturbo TRI 60 engine.
The Iranian navy also tested advanced torpedoes from Jamaran and Alvand destroyers as well as Ghadir and Tareq-class submarines during the drills, reported Tasnim News Agency.
During the Velayat 90 exercise in 2012, Iran had test-fired the Nour missile after incorporating an upgraded electronic system, a jam resistant radar and an improved target acquisition algorithms.
Image: A Nour missile launched during the Velayat 90 exercise in 2012. Photo: courtesy of Mohammad Sadegh Heydari.