IRGC unveils new anti-ship ballistic missiles
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 13
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
In an exhibition held on May 11 the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has unveiled two new types of home-made ballistic missiles dubbed Hormuz 1 and Hormuz 2.
The Hormuz 1 is an anti-radar ballistic missile which can destroy radar sites whether on warships or on land, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Ali Hajizadeh said, Iran's Fars news agency reported on May 13.
Hajizadeh went on to say that Hormuz 1 is capable of hitting targets within a range of 300 kilometers with high accuracy.
"The missile destroyed a 20-foot container at a distance of 300 kilometers during test fire," he explained.
The newly unveiled second ballistic missile dubbed Hormuz 2 is an anti-ship missile, the commander said.
Iranian Tasnim news agency reported on May 12 that the Hormuz missiles are an upgraded version of a domestically-made anti-ship missile the IRGC had manufactured earlier, dubbed the Persian Gulf.
The Persian Gulf is a solid-fuel anti-ship missile that travels at supersonic speeds, and can hit targets within a range of 300 kilometers. Equipped with a 650-kg warhead, the Persian Gulf has a margin of error of less than 10 meters.
The newly-unveiled Hormuz 1 and 2 are seemingly more powerful than the Persian Gulf in terms of destructive power, range and accuracy. The Hormuz 1 and 2 carry distinct warheads, possibly a sign of the different properties of the advanced missiles in terms of destructive power and guidance. Another obvious modification in the Hormuz is a brand-new launcher, which represents developed capabilities in mobility, stationing on difficult terrains and rapid firing.
Iranian media outlets report that Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in recent years.
Tehran established an arms development program during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s to counter the weapons embargo imposed on it by the U.S. and its Western allies.
Since 1992, Iran has manufactured its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, radars, boats, submarines and fighter planes. Iran also unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2010.