Iran Tests New Homegrown Long-range Cruise Missile 'Hoveizeh'

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  • 09:33 AM, February 4, 2019
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Iran Tests New Homegrown Long-range Cruise Missile 'Hoveizeh'
Iran Tests New Homegrown Long-range Cruise Missile. Image: Mehr news agency

Iran on Saturday unveiled a new indigenously-built long-range cruise missile having a range of over 1,350 kilometres during a successful test launch, marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, state television reported.

“The test of the Hoveizeh cruise missile was carried out successfully at a range of 1,200 km and accurately hit the set target,” Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.

The Hoveizeh, part of the Soumar family of cruise missiles unveiled in 2015, has a range of over 1,350 km (840 miles) and is designed to be used against ground targets, Hatami said.

Cruise missiles with a range of over 1,000 km are classified as long range.

“The Hoveizeh missile needs a very short time for its preparedness and can fly at a low altitude,” Hatami added.

The Defence Ministry's website carried an undated video purportedly showing the Hoveizeh being test-fired from a mobile launcher.

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