Iran strengthens naval power with Abu Mahdi cruise missile

On July 25, 2023, the Iranian Navy and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy added a new highly precise cruise missile called "Abu Mahdi" to their arsenal. The introduction of this missile is expected to significantly enhance its capability to strike ships effectively in the region.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Abu-Mahdi Iranian Cruise Missile (Picture source: Presstv.Ir)

With limited naval and air capabilities, Iran heavily relies on missile and drone systems to assert its maritime dominance. The Abu Mahdi cruise missile is said to possess advanced features, including the ability to counter electronic warfare, evade radar systems, and chart optimal flight paths using artificial intelligence.

The "Martyr Abu-Mahdi" is a high-precision cruise missile designed for naval missions, capable of striking targets with great accuracy. Designed entirely by Iran, this cruise missile represents a significant addition to Iran's military power. It was developed as part of the country's ongoing efforts to strengthen its defense capabilities and deter any potential aggression. Equipped with a turbojet engine, the "Martyr Abu-Mahdi" can reach high speeds and maintain a stable and precise flight trajectory. Its advanced guidance system, combined with an extended operational range, makes it a formidable weapon for maritime operations. According to reports from Iranian state media, the Abu Mahdi cruise missile boasts a range of 1,000 kilometers. They also stated that the missile is suitable for targeting ships such as destroyers and frigates.

Iran claims that the missile has the ability to evade enemy radars and maneuver around both natural and artificial obstacles in its path. This feature gives it increased effectiveness in penetrating enemy defenses.

The introduction of the Abu Mahdi cruise missile is perceived as a response to the intensification of US military activity in the region. The actual performance of the missile in combat situations remains untested and subject to careful examination.

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