New Torpedo Fired in Massive Drill

New Torpedo Fired in Massive Drill New Torpedo Fired in Massive Drill

The navy’s newest domestically developed torpedo was fired from a SH-3D helicopter of the force and hit the designated target in the Gulf of Oman on Monday during a major exercise of the armed forces.

It was the first time that the torpedo, which had previously been test-fired, was used in an operation, Fars news agency reported.

The coastal unit of the navy also fired a domestically manufactured Noor cruise missile and destroyed the designated target in the Gulf of Oman. The cruise missile, which has a range of over 120 kilometers, is considered one of the main missile achievements of the military. The Noor can be fired both from vessels and land-based missile launchers.   

The armed forces started the massive drill on Thursday in an area covering 2.2 million square kilometers from the east of the Strait of Hormuz to the 10th parallel north in the Indian Ocean and in parts of the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan and the southern province of Hormozgan.

The army, navy, air force, air defense base and some units of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are taking part in the maneuvers which will continue until Wednesday.

The navy’s 32nd fleet, comprised of the Bushehr support vessel and the Jamaran destroyer, on Monday thwarted an attempt by pirates to highjack an Iranian tanker at the entrance of the Bab-el-Mandeb strait.

The fleet is carrying out a reconnaissance mission in northern Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden as part of the war game.