The deputy commander of the Iranian Navy says the Islamic Republic plans to increase the range of the missiles installed on its vessels.
“When a unit of naval vessel set sail at sea, it must have the ability to defend itself against aerial and missile attacks or it will be quickly destroyed… therefore, it must have defense capability against enemy fighters and missiles,” Rear Admiral Gholam-Reza Khadem Bigham said Saturday.
According to the commander, Iran is conducting tests to upgrade the range of Ra’ad (Thunder) and Mehrab (Altar) missiles, which can be mounted on vessels.
Iran’s Navy successfully test-fired its first indigenous medium-range anti-radar missile Mehrab during the massive 10-day Velayat 90 naval exercises in January 2012.
Iran also successfully test-fired the latest version of the indigenous surface-to-air missile Ra’ad during the Velayat 91 maneuvers in December 2012.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
The Islamic Republic has held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.
Iran has repeatedly said its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.
By Press TV
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