‘Proud Move’: Iranian Navy Test-Fires New Nour Cruise Missiles

Iranian Navy boats take part in maneuvers during the Velayat-90 navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran (File)


The Iranian Navy has successfully test-fired a series of Nour surface-to-surface cruise missiles during military exercises off the Makran coast in southeastern Iran.

After three days of military maneuvers known as Velayat 94, Iranian naval forces test fired the missiles on Friday. With a range of 93 miles, the Nour missiles proved to be both accurate and powerful.

Commodore Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi, a spokesman for the Iranian Navy, told reporters that “the Navy’s vessels simultaneously fired surface-to-surface Nour cruise missiles and destroyed pre-determined targets and successfully accomplished this mission.”

Speaking to reporters, Iranian Navy chief, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, added that the “proud move” by the Iranian Navy “strikes fear into the heart” of hostile enemies.

The missiles can be fired from land, as well as from naval vessels.

The four-day annual exercises began on Wednesday in the waters east of the Strait of Hormuz.

“The drills are aimed at showing to the people of the entire world the Islamic Republic of Iran’s competence and authority in establishing security and defending the country’s maritime borders across seas, especially in the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman, and northern Indian ocean,” Sayyari said.

The drills, Tehran’s largest naval exercise, faced a minor setback on Wednesday when Iran was forced to address the presence of a US warship approaching the operation zone.

“As we anticipated that the Americans may approach the drill zone to learn about our tactics, we warned them once by maritime patrol aircraft and again by the Alborz destroyer,” Sayyari said in an interview with Fars News Agency.

The US vessel left the area, “accordingly.”

The Iranian Navy also conducted drills in the Sea of Oman last November. These exercises included the use of sophisticated submersibles, including the submarines Tareq and Ghadir.


Russian Submarine Returns From Mediterranean After Syria Operation

Rostov-on-Don submarine launches several 3M-54 Kalibr (Klub) anti-ship missiles, for the first time from under water


According to the Black Sea Fleet spokesman, Russia’s submarine has successfully passed the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus.

    Russia’s Rostov-on-Don submarine that has taken part in attacks on terrorist targets in Syria has returned from the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea, a spokesman for the Russian Black Sea Fleet said Monday.

“Diesel submarine Rostov-on-Don of the Black Sea Fleet <…> has successfully passed the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus straits and arrived in the Black Sea,” Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

The Russian Kilo-class Rostov-on-Don submarine, deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, fired Kalibr cruise missiles targeting Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic) positions in Syria on Tuesday. The submarine fired missiles in a salvo from torpedo tubes while submerged.The attack destroyed two command posts belonging to Islamic State, a group outlawed in Russia and many other countries, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russia has been conducting aerial counter-terrorist operations against Daesh and other terrorist groups in Syria since September 30 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


Russian Warships Equipped With Kalibr Missiles Join Black Sea Fleet

The ‘Zelyoniy Dol’ (left) and ‘Serpukhov’ warships, equipped with the versatile ‘Kalibr-NK’ missile system, have joined the Russian Black Sea Fleet, based in Sevastopol


The ‘Zelyoniy Dol’ and ‘Serpukhov’ warships, equipped with the versatile ‘Kalibr-NK’ missile system, have joined the Russian Black Sea Fleet, based in Sevastopol, commander of the Black Sea Fleet Alexander Vitko said.

On Saturday, St. Andrew’s flag, a sign of the Russian Federation’s Navy, were sanctified and raised on the new ships. The solemn ceremony was attended by commanders of the Black Sea Fleet led by Admiral Vitko, as well as the head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov.

“The ships were put on combat duty today. Previously, the ships were only tactical, but now they will include operational tasks. Their combat capabilities were seen by the whole world in the Caspian Sea and now they have appeared in the Black Sea Fleet,” Vitko said.Vitko thanked the creators of the ships, the labor collective of the Zelenodolsk plant, noting that the fleet is expected to supply a few more combat units.

The ‘Green Dol’ and ‘Serpukhov’ small-missile carriers are the fourth and fifth ships of the modernized series of ‘Buyan-M’, built as part of the Navy’s shipbuilding program at the Zelenodolsk plant named after AM Gorky.

They have increased displacement and are equipped with the latest ‘Kalibr-NK’ long-range missile system.