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Foreign observers to join Iran's naval exercise in Strait of Hormuz

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9010-07247

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Observers from Iran's allies are to join the naval exercise underway in the Strait of Hormuz, southern Iran.

The drill's spokesman Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi said Monday foreign observers from Iranian allies and friendly countries are to watch rescue and surveillance operations and Iranian Navy's confrontation against pirates during the drill.

The naval drill also involves a parade on Tuesday attended by all units involved in the drill.

"Today, for the first time we will witness test firing coast-to-sea long range missile of Qader (mighty) and Nasr (victory) short-range missile."

Also a surface-to-surface missile Noor (light) would be launched in the exercise as well.

The advanced "Qader" missile has been upgraded comparing to its older version in terms of radar, satellite, precision to annihilate the target, range and distance.

According to Mousavi, "Noor" advanced missile has been modernized comparing to its earlier versions in terms of anti-radar, hitting the objectives, control and guiding sections. It can easily intercept and hit the objectives.

On Saturday, December 24, Iran's Navy launched a massive 10-day naval exercise, covering an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.

Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The country has repeatedly clarified that its military might is merely based on the nation's defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.

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