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Iran Tests Anti-Ship Missiles in Strait of Hormuz

By MarEx 2012-09-25 16:26:33

Iran’s military forces have test-fired four anti-ship missiles into the Strait of Hormuz.

Local reports say that the missile hit a warship-sized target and sunk it in less than one minute.

It was the first report of an Iranian military exercise taking place simultaneously and close to U.S.-led joint naval maneuvers in the Persian Gulf, including mine-sweeping drills, reports the New York Daily News.

The U.S. Navy has reinforced that their current drills are not directed at Iran, but the West and its allies have confirmed that they would react against attempts by Tehran to carry out threats to try to close critical Gulf oil shipping lanes in the Strait in retaliation for tighter sanctions.

According to the Seattle Times, Iran had no immediate comments and did not elaborate on the ongoing Iranian exercise or the type of missiles fired, but said the Revolutionary Guard is planning a massive naval exercise in the near future in the Strait.

Photo (thumb): Sample of an anti-ship missile - RGM-84 Harpoon firing from USS Leahy