Published — Tuesday 1 January 2013
Last update 31 December 2012 10:55 pm
TEHRAN: Iran’s navy said yesterday it 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.
IRNA quoted Adm. Amir Rastgari, spokesman for the exercise, as saying the Iranian-made air defense system Raad, or Thunder, was among the weapons tested, along with various torpedoes and underwater and surface-to-surface rockets as well as anti-ship missiles. Iran said it also deployed locally-made hovercraft during the operation.
The Raad system was on show during a military parade in Tehran in September for the first time. Iran says it is more advanced than its Russian predecessor and is designed to confront fighter jets.