TEHRAN: Iran’s navy says it has 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.
The Monday report by the official IRNA news agency quotes exercise spokesman Admiral Amir Rastgari as saying the Iranian-made air defense system Raad, or Thunder, was among the weapons tested.
Iran says the system fires missiles with a range of 50 kilometres, capable of hitting targets at 75,000 feet.
He said torpedoes and underwater and surface-to-surface rockets were also successfully tested. The drill began Friday and ends Wednesday. It is one of a number of exercises Iran holds annually.
Iran has in the past said it might close the strait over Western sanctions, but has not made such threats recently.
Story first published: 31st December 2012