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The Zelzal short-range missiles at the parade in Tehran

© REUTERS/ Morteza Nikoubazl


MOSCOW, July 6 (RIA Novosti)


Iran tested on Wednesday domestically-designed anti-ship missiles as part of annual large-scale military exercises in the Persian Gulf, Iranian media said.


According to Al-Alam television, two Khalij Fars missiles were launched from a military base near the Strait of Hormuz and hit their designated targets.


The Khalij Fars is a single-stage solid-propellant, anti-ship ballistic missile with a range of 300 kilometers based on the Fateh-110 missile. It was unveiled in February 2011.


The 10-day Great Prophet 6 land-and-sea war games of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard started on June 27.

Last Tuesday, Iran fired nine Zelzal missiles, two Shahab-1 missiles, two Shahab-2s and one upgraded Shahab-3 missile, and the next day tested a new radar.


Tehran has repeatedly stated that the annual Great Prophet exercises display Iran's "defensive and deterrent power," and send a message of "peace and friendship" to regional states.


However, Western powers and some of their allies in the Middle East claim that Iran could be preparing for future aggression against neighboring countries.

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