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Iran builds advanced anti-ship weapon

Source: Press TV

IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari
Iran has developed a high-tech naval weapons system capable of targeting any warship within a range of 300 kilometers from its shores.

A top Iranian commander explained that the weapons system introduces state-of-the-art technology never used before.

"The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps recently tested a naval weapon which is definitely capable of sending any warship within a distance of 300 km to the bottom of the sea," IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari told reporters Monday.

"The weapon design and production technology used in this weapon is completely indigenous to Iran and has never been employed by any other country," he added.

Jafari said the new weapon has gone into mass production after successful testing.

The commander also commented on Iran's ability to close off the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway that connects the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. "The length of Iran's coastline along the Strait of Hormuz, its unique geographical position, and the coastal heights make it possible for Iran to close off the strait," said Jafari.

He added that Iranian armed forces could easily block the strait for an infinite time' using the available military equipment.

In early July, IRGC staged a major military maneuver to demonstrate its defense capabilities amid escalating US and Israeli threats of a strike against the country's nuclear facilities.

Jafari pointed out that the maneuver had achieved all its objectives, despite efforts made by Western media outlets to portray it otherwise.

"Eight missiles were fired simultaneously; however, poor images captured on camera gave rise to certain ambiguities," he said, referring to some speculations about the failure of the military exercise.

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