Iranian army test-fires cruise missile in military drill

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The Iranian naval force on Tuesday tested the indigenous Qadir cruise missile during the war game underway in the Sea of Oman, semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The missile, which was test-fired for the first time, could destroy simulated enemy target deep in the sea during the military exercise.

The Qadir (meaning "almighty") missile, with a range of 300 km, is a new generation of cruise missiles capable of destroying marine targets with high precision and power. It can be fired from both coasts and vessels.

Besides, the Iranian army "successfully" fired short-range Nasr missile from an onshore mobile launcher to destroy a naval target, Tasnim news agency said.

On the second day of the war game on Tuesday, combined sonic and magnetic demining operations were conducted by the navy's helicopters.

In the meantime, the enemies' simulated planes and drones as well as cruise missiles were destroyed by the air defense units of the army at low, mid and high altitudes, Fars said.

Military drill continued Tuesday with testing of radar and surveillance systems to detect ground and aerial activities by the mock enemy, the spokesperson for the maneuvers said.

The exercise continued using missiles and artillery fire to eliminate the assumed threats, spokesperson Rear Admiral Lower Half Mahmoud Mousavi told Press TV.

The Iranian army continued the exercise involving navy, ground force, the air force and the air defense unit on Tuesday.

The exercise, code-named Muhammad Rasulullah-5, covers an expanse of 2.2 million square km, including all of the Makran coasts and the Sea of Oman in the south of the country. 

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