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Iran: IRGC fires ballistic missiles at targets in Indian Ocean during desert drills02:27

Iran: IRGC fires ballistic missiles at targets in Indian Ocean during desert drills

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Central desert
January 16, 2021 at 15:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) tested long range ballistic missiles on Saturday, hitting targets in the north of the Indian Ocean from a distance of 1,800 kilometres (1119 miles).

The trial was part of the second phase of a drill run by the IRGC as part of the 'Payambar-e Azam 15' (The Great Prophet 15) war games in the central deserts of Iran.

IRGC Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami said that the military exercises had confirmed Iran's ability to hit naval targets: "The use of ballistic missiles is a great defence achievement as from the long depths, long distances, we can hit moving targets in the ocean from the heart of our land."

The trials were conducted amidst tensions surrounding Iran's uranium enrichment programme and the seizure of a South Korean-flagged tanker by Iranian forces.

Iran: IRGC fires ballistic missiles at targets in Indian Ocean during desert drills02:27
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The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) tested long range ballistic missiles on Saturday, hitting targets in the north of the Indian Ocean from a distance of 1,800 kilometres (1119 miles).

The trial was part of the second phase of a drill run by the IRGC as part of the 'Payambar-e Azam 15' (The Great Prophet 15) war games in the central deserts of Iran.

IRGC Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami said that the military exercises had confirmed Iran's ability to hit naval targets: "The use of ballistic missiles is a great defence achievement as from the long depths, long distances, we can hit moving targets in the ocean from the heart of our land."

The trials were conducted amidst tensions surrounding Iran's uranium enrichment programme and the seizure of a South Korean-flagged tanker by Iranian forces.