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Iran successfully test-fires Hormuz-2 ballistic missile

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows Iran's domestically-manufactured Hormuz-1 and Hormuz-2 ballistic missiles. (Photo by Tasnim news agency)

A top Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic has successfully test-fired Hormuz-2 ballistic missile.

Iran "fired Hormuz-2 this week and the missile successfully destroyed a target at a distance of 250 kilometers,” commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Thursday.   

Hormuz-2 is a naval strike ballistic missile that can hit mobile targets at sea with high precision. It has a range of almost 300 kilometers.

The missile is very similar to anti-ship Khalij-e-Fars (Persian Gulf) ballistic missile in appearance.

The photo shows Iranian anti-ship Khalij-e-Fars (Persian Gulf) ballistic missile. (Photo by Mashreghnews)

On Monday, Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan warned that Iran’s defensive military power would catch the enemies off guard in the event of an aggression against the Islamic Republic.

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The warning came one day after Iran successfully tested the S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system, which the Islamic Republic has purchased from Russia.

Following the test, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, said the country was designing and manufacturing an indigenous version of the S-300 system, called Bavar-373.

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Iran maintains that its military power poses no threat to other countries and that its military doctrine is based on deterrence only.

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