Iran Launches a Cruise Missile From a Submarine


Iran has launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during an ongoing annual military drill in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s State media reported Sunday.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported the launch and released an image showing a green submarine on the surface of the water launching an orange missile. It said other submarines have the same capability. It did not detail the missile’s range.

More than 100 vessels took part in the three-day war games in a vast area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean, state media reported.

Separately, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said Iran had been aware of “enemy efforts” to sabotage its missile program and neutralized them, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

Iran last week confirmed that it had failed twice in the past two months to launch a satellite into orbit.

Navy chief Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said “The exercise will cover confronting a range of threats, testing weapons, and evaluating the readiness of equipment and personnel,” in remarks on state television translated by Reuters. “Submarine missile launches will be carried out… in addition to helicopter and drone launches from the deck of the Sahand destroyer,” he said.

Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program last May and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran.

Iran’s expansion of its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles, has been met with expressions of concern by the United States and European countries. Tehran says the program provides deterrent capabilities and is defensive.

Western experts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, though there are concerns about its long-range ballistic missiles.



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