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Report: Iranian Navy Gets New Cruise Missiles.


Iran says it has started the large-scale production of a domestically-developed cruise missile designed for sea-based targets and capable of destroying warships.

Iranian Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi was quoted by the state-run news agency Fars on Wednesday, as saying that an unspecified number of "Qader" cruise missiles were delivered to the Revolutionary Guard's Navy.

The announcement was made in an official ceremony, also attended by Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and Commander of the IRGC Naval Force Brigadier General Ali Fadavi.

Vahidi stressed that production of the missiles "showed that the Iranian Defense Industries are able to satiate the Iranian Armed Forces' missile needs."

The Iranians claim that the Qader cruise missiles have a range of 200km (124 miles), can reportedly travel at low altitudes and are able to home-in on both offshore and onshore targets.

On Tuesday, Iran's Navy Chief Sayyari said that the Islamic Republic now possessed the ability to send its warships to the United States' Atlantic coast. Sayyari gave no details of when such a deployment could happen or the number or type of vessels to be used.

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Date:Sep 29, 2011
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