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Hoveizeh / Hoveyzeh

Iran introduced the “succesful test” of a brand new cruise missile with a variety of over 1,350 kilometers on 02 February 2019, coinciding with celebrations for the nation’s 1979 Islamic revolution. “The test of the Hoveizeh cruise missile was carried out succesfully at a range of 1,200 kilometers (840 miles) and precisely hit the set target,” Defence Minister Amir Hatami stated, quoted on state tv which broadcast footage of its launch. “It may be prepared within the shortest attainable time and flies at a really low altitude,” he stated.

The Hoveizeh is a part of the Soumar group of cruise missile, first unveiled in 2015 with a variety of 700 kilometers, according to the minister. There are several noteworthy differences between these two missiles. The earlier Sumar has the name inscribed on the front of the missile in Farsi, while the Hoveizeh also has the name inscribed on the rear of the missile in English. The Sumar is painted white, with a dark nose cone. The Hoveizeh is painted grey [or possibly cream], with a white nose cone.

Hatami described the Hoveizeh as the “lengthy arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran” in defending itself. The Hoveizeh unveiling was a part of an arms exhibition titled “40 years of defensive achievements” held in Tehran. This marked the start of 10 days of celebrations of the Islamic revolution that ousted the pro-Western Shah.

Iran stats it has voluntarily restricted the range of its missiles to 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), adequate to succeed in Israel and Western bases within the Middle East. However Washington and its allies have accused Tehran of pursuing enhanced missile capabilities that additionally threaten Europe. Iran has “no intention of increasing the range” of its missiles, the nation’s Supreme Nationwide Safety Council secretary, Admiral Ali Shamkhani stated. The Hoveyzeh missile has a range of over 1,350 kilometers, the official revealed, yet the exact maximum range of the brand new munition remains a mystery.

Iran’s newly-tested missile takes its title from a metropolis within the southwestern province of Khuzestan that was devastated within the 1980-1988 towards Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. A number of Iranian cities had been battered by missiles throughout the eight-year battle in a bombing marketing campaign dubbed the “battle of the cities”.

Iranian officers say Western sanctions have starved its air force of spare components and alternative plane, limiting its operational capability and forcing it to depend on the missile program.

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