Equips Navy with Highly Advanced "Qader" (Mighty) Anti-Ship
Iranian Defense Ministry on Wednesday supplied a large number of highly
advanced coast-to-sea cruise missiles to the Army's naval forces. The
missiles were delivered to the Navy in a ceremony attended by Iranian
Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Navy Commander Rear
Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.
The move came on the verge of the National Navy Day on November 28.
Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88
Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since
1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles
and fighter planes.
Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military
and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived
as a threat to any other country.
Late in September, the Iranian Defense Ministry supplied
large numbers of the newly produced powerful ant-ship cruise missile,
namely Qader (Mighty), to the naval forces of the Army and the Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to boost Iran's naval power.
Iranian defense minister said at the time that Qader is an anti-ship
cruise missile with a range of 200km and enjoys a short launch time
and is able to hit all naval vessels, including frigates and warships,
as well as onshore enemy targets.
Iran's naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11,
2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said
that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic
Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique
asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.
According to the report, Iran's Navy has been transformed into a highly
motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively
in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.