The Iranian Naval Forces successfully fired three home-made Nour coast-to-sea cruise missiles on the third day of the main phase of the massive wargames along the country’s Southeastern Makran seashores on the rims of the Persian Gulf on Friday, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
The Nour cruise missiles hit a target in the Sea of Oman earlier Friday.
Two Nour cruise missiles were fired from Alborz and Neyzeh warships in the Persian Gulf waters and the third one from a missile-launcher stationed in the coast.
Nour is a cruise missile with a range of over 120km used by the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in different wargames and can be launched from coasts, vessels and aircrafts against enemy vessels, oil facilities and naval positions.
The main phase of the drills codenamed “Velayat 94” kicked off last Wednesday along the Makran coasts and Northern waters of the Indian Ocean upon the order of Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. The initial stage, that includes transfer of troops and logistics, began on January 21.
In a relevant development on Thursday, the Iranian Navy Airborne Forces fired torpedoes at surface and subsurface vessels on the second day of the main phase of the wargames.
The airborne units also carried out mine laying and mine-clearing operations in the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
The Iranian marines sailing on the speedboats used light and heavy arms against the simulated enemy. Also a number of Navy vessels practiced mine laying. The Navy's speedboats, including Shahab, Ra'd and Ashoura class vessels, participated in the Thursday wargames.
Furthermore, the Navy’s 38th fleet of warships, comprising Naqdi destroyer and Bushehr and Lavan warships, which is tasked to conduct anti-piracy patrols in the high seas and the Gulf of Aden joined the Iranian Naval Forces in the exercises.
Different Navy surface and subsurface units, including destroyers, logistic warships, missile-launching warships and Qadir and Tareq class submarines are part of the exercises and have docked along the Strait of Hormuz to the 10-degree latitude of the Northern Indian Ocean.
Velayat 94 navy defense drills include deployment of Navy units, running tactics, firing missiles and torpedoes, as well as Special Marines parade.