Iranian Navy to test new surface-to-air missile in drills

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The Iranian Navy plans to test the latest version of one of its surface-to-air mid-range missiles during the massive naval wargames underway in the country's Southern waters, a senior Navy commander announced on Friday, Fars reported.

The Iranian Navy started a series of wargames in the country's Southern waters on Friday to test its capabilities for defending Iran's water borders and regional interests.

The wargames, codenamed 'The Great Naval Wargames of Velayat 91', will last 6 days and will cover around one million square kilometers from the Strait of Hormuz to the waters up to the 18-degree latitude.

Speaking to FNA, Spokesman of the Wargames Rear Admiral Rastegari said that the Iranian naval forces plan to test-fire the latest indigenous surface-to-air missile in the coming days.

The new Ra'd (Thunder) missile can strike medium-range aerial targets and will be test-fired during Velayat 91 drills, the commander said.

Last December, the Iranian Navy test-fired its first indigenous medium-range missile, dubbed as Mehrab, during Velayat 90 naval exercises, which hit and destroyed the target completely, successfully.

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