The official Iran news agency has reported that Iran’s navy has successfully test-fired a medium-range surface-to-air missile during a drill in International waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz near Gulf. Iran’s 10 days of naval exercises began last week and are taking place in international waters beyond the Strait of Hormuz from the Persian Gulf, to the Gulf of Aden.
Deputy Navy Commander of Iran’s navy Sayyed Mahmoud Mousavi said that,” Iran’s navy has succeeded to equip its all shielding coastline with various short and long-range missile systems. By using these systems we can hit any target at any time and in any place, if we think it is necessary.” He further stated that the missile is designed to evade radars and was developed by the country’s own scientists. They claim the missile can intercept any enemy in the area. The missile is also equipped with the “latest technology” and “intelligent systems”.
The Iran’s Navy Missle test-fire has come at a time when there is a lot of pressure and increased tensions between the West and Iran over its nuclear ambitions while on the other hand Tehran has reacted angrily last week to reports that Western nations were planning to impose further sanctions targeting Iran’s oil and financial sectors. Iran threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, which links the Gulf and its oil-producing states to the Indian Ocean and there is About 20% of the world’s traded oil passes through the narrow strait, according to the US Energy Information Administration
The exercise drew significant attention after Iranian officials warned they may close the strait, cutting off oil exports, if the international community imposes yet more sanctions on Iran. Iranian military officials have said however they have no intention of doing so.
The US and its allies believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons a charge Iran denies.
Iran insists its nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes. Iran has maintained that it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity to meet growing domestic demand.