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Iran test-fires missiles near Strait of Hormuz

Last Updated: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 17:45

Tehran: Iran`s navy says it has test-fired a range of weapons during ongoing maneuvers near the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world`s oil supply.
The today`s report by the official IRNA news agency quotes exercise spokesman Adm Amir Rastgari as saying the Iranian-made air defense system Raad, or Thunder, was among the weapons tested.
Iran says the system fires missiles with a range of 50 kilometers (30 miles), capable of hitting targets at 22,000 meters (75,000 feet).

He said torpedoes and underwater and surface-to-surface rockets were also successfully tested.

The drill began Friday and ends Wednesday. It`s one of a number of exercises Iran holds annually. Iran has in the past said it might close the strait over Western sanctions, but has not made such threats recently.


First Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 17:45
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